Job 15:1-16 (New International Version)

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Eliphaz

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite1 replied: 2 "Would a wise man answer with empty notions or fill his belly with the hot east wind?2 3 Would he argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?3 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.4 5 Your sin5 prompts your mouth;6 you adopt the tongue of the crafty.7 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.8 7 "Are you the first man ever born?9 Were you brought forth before the hills?10 8 Do you listen in on God's council?11 Do you limit wisdom to yourself ?12 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?13 10 The gray-haired and the aged14 are on our side, men even older than your father.15 11 Are God's consolations16 not enough for you, words17 spoken gently to you?18 12 Why has your heart19 carried you away, and why do your eyes flash, 13 so that you vent your rage20 against God and pour out such words21 from your mouth?22 14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman,23 that he could be righteous?24 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones,25 if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,26 16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt,27 who drinks up evil28 like water!29
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