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Eliphaz falsely imputes many crimes to Job, but promises him prosperity if he will repent.

[1] Then Eliphaz the Themanite answered, and said: [2] Can man be compared with God, even though he were of perfect knowledge? [3] What doth it profit God if thou be just? or what dost thou give him if thy way be unspotted? [4] Shall he reprove thee for fear, and come with thee into judgment: [5] And not for thy manifold wickedness, and thy infinite iniquities?

[6] For thou hast taken away the pledge of thy brethren without cause, and stripped the naked of their clothing. [7] Thou hast not given water to the weary, thou hast withdrawn bread from the hungry. [8] In the strength of thy arm thou didst possess the land, and being the most mighty thou holdest it. [9] Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless thou hast broken in pieces. [10] Therefore art thou surrounded with snares, and sudden fear troubleth thee.

[11] And didst thou think that thou shouldst not see darkness, and that thou shouldst not be covered with the violence of overflowing waters? [12] Dost not thou think that God is higher than heaven, and is elevated above the height of the stars? [13] And thou sayst: What doth God know? and he judgeth as it were through a mist. [14] The clouds are his covert, and he doth not consider our things, and he walketh about the poles of heaven. [15] Dost thou desire to keep the path of ages, which wicked men have trodden?

[16] Who were taken away before their time, and a flood hath overthrown their foundation. [17] Who said to God: Depart from us: and looked upon the Almighty as if he could do nothing: [18] Whereas he had filled their houses with good things: whose way of thinking be far from me. [19] The just shall see, and shall rejoice, and the innocent shall laugh them to scorn. [20] Is not their exaltation cut down, and hath not fire devoured the remnants of them?

[21] Submit thyself then to him, and be at peace: and thereby thou shalt have the best fruits. [22] Receive the law of his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart. [23] If thou wilt return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, and shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle. [24] He shall give for earth flint, and for flint torrents of gold. [25] And the Almighty shall be against thy enemies, and silver shall be heaped together for thee.

[26] Then shalt thou abound in delights in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face to God. [27] Thou shalt pray to him, and he will hear thee, and thou shalt pay vows. [28] Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall come to thee, and light shall shine in thy ways. [29] For he that hath been humbled, shall be in glory: and he that shall bow down his eyes, he shall be saved. [30] The innocent shall be saved, and he shall be saved by the cleanness of his hands.

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