1. Then Eliphaz the Themanite responded by saying:

2. Can man be compared with God, even if he were perfect in knowledge?

3. What advantage is it to God, if you were just? Or what do you provide for him, if your way should be immaculate?

4. Will he reprove you and take you to judgment for being afraid,

5. and not because of your many evil deeds and your infinite unfairness?

6. For you have taken away the collateral of your brothers without cause, and stripped them naked of their clothing.

7. You have not given water to the weary; you have taken bread away from the hungry.

8. By the strength of your arm, you took possession of the land, and you retain it by being the strongest.

9. You have sent widows away empty, and you have crushed the shoulders of orphans.

10. Because of this, you are surrounded by traps, and unexpected fears will disturb you.

11. And did you think that you would not see darkness and that you were not to be overwhelmed by the on-rush of overflowing waters?

12. Have you not considered that God is higher than the heavens and is lifted above the height of the stars?

13. And you say: “Well, what does God know?” and, “He judges, as if through a fog,”

14. and, “The clouds are his hiding-place,” and, “He does not examine us closely,” and, “He makes his rounds at the limits of the heavens.”

15. Do you not want to tend the path of the ages, which wicked men have spurned?

16. These were taken away before their time, and a flood overthrew their foundation.

17. They said to God, “Withdraw from us,” and they treated the Almighty as if he could do nothing,

18. though he had filled their houses with good things. May their way of thinking be far from me.

19. The just will see and will rejoice, and the innocent will mock them.

20. Has not their haughtiness been cut down, and has not fire devoured the remnants of them?

21. So, repose yourself with him and be at peace, and, in this way, you will have the best fruits.

22. Accept the law from his mouth, and place his words in your heart.

23. If you will return to the Almighty, you will be rebuilt, and you will put sinfulness far from your tabernacle.

24. He will give you stone in place of dirt, and torrents of gold in place of stone.

25. And the Almighty will be against your enemies, and silver will be gathered together for you.

26. Then will you flock together in delight over the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God.

27. You will plead with him, and he will listen to you, and you will pay your vows.

28. You will decide on something, and it will come to you, and the light will shine in your ways.

29. For he who had been humbled, will be in glory; and he who will lower his eyes, will be the one saved.

30. The innocent will be saved, and he will be saved with purity in his hands.

“Nas tentações, combata com coragem! Nas quedas, humilhe-se mas não desanime!” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina