2 k“Keep listening to my words,
and after I have spoken, lmock on.
4 As for me, is my mcomplaint against man?
and nlay your hand over your mouth.
7 oWhy do the wicked live,
8 Their poffspring are established in their presence,
9 Their houses are qsafe from fear,
and rno rod of God is upon them.
their cow calves and sdoes not miscarry.
11 They send out their tlittle boys like a flock,
and rejoice to the sound of vthe pipe.
13 They wspend their days in prosperity,
14 They say to God, z‘Depart from us!
15 aWhat is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
And what bprofit do we get if we pray to him?’
cThe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 “How often is it that dthe lamp of the wicked is put out?
That God1 distributes pains in his anger?
18 That they are like estraw before the wind,
and like fchaff that the storm carries away?
Let him pay it out to them, that they may iknow it.
and let them jdrink of the wrath of the Almighty.
when kthe number of their months is cut off?
22 lWill any teach God knowledge,
seeing that he mjudges those who are on high?
24 his pails2 full of milk
and nthe marrow of his bones moist.
25 Another dies in obitterness of soul,
26 They plie down alike in the dust,
and qthe worms cover them.
28 For you say, r‘Where is the house of the prince?
Where is sthe tent in which the wicked lived?’
30 that tthe evil man is spared in the day of calamity,
31 Who declares his way uto his face,
and who vrepays him for what he has done?
32 When he is wcarried to the grave,
33 xThe clods of the valley are sweet to him;
yall mankind follows after him,
22 Then zEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 a“Can a man be profitable to God?
or is it gain to him if you bmake your ways blameless?
and centers into judgment with you?
6 For you have dexacted pledges of your brothers for nothing
eand stripped the naked of their clothing.
and you have fwithheld bread from the hungry.
8 gThe man with power possessed the land,
and hthe favored man lived in it.
9 You have isent widows away empty,
10 Therefore lsnares are all around you,
11 or mdarkness, so that you cannot see,
See pthe highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 But you say, q‘What does God know?
Can he judge through rthe deep darkness?
14 sThick clouds veil him, so that he does not see,
16 They were snatched away tbefore their time;
17 They said to God, u‘Depart from us,’
but wthe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 xThe righteous see it and are glad;
the innocent one ymocks at them,
and what they left zthe fire has consumed.’
22 Receive instruction from chis mouth,
and dlay up his words in your heart.
if you gremove injustice far from your tents,
24 if you lay gold in hthe dust,
and gold of iOphir among the stones of the torrent-bed,
26 For then you jwill delight yourself in the Almighty
and klift up your face to God.
27 You will lmake your prayer to him, and he will hear you,
and you will mpay your vows.
and nlight will shine on your ways.
29 For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’;4
but he saves othe lowly.
30 He pdelivers even the one who is not innocent,
who will be delivered through qthe cleanness of your hands.”
my shand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3 Oh, tthat I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his useat!
4 I would vlay my case before him
6 Would he wcontend with me in the greatness of his power?
8 “Behold, xI go forward, but he is not there,
when he has btried me, I shall come out as gold.
11 My foot chas held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have dnot turned aside.
What he hdesires, that he does.
14 For he will complete what he iappoints for me,
and many such things are jin his mind.
16 God has made my kheart faint;