Job 15 NIV


1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

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2 “Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind?

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3 Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?

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4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.

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5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.

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6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

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7 “Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

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8 Do you listen in on God’s council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?

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9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?

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10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.

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11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?

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12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,

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13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?

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14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?

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15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,

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16 how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water!

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17 “Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,

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18 what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors

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19 (to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them):

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20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.

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21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.

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22 He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.

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23 He wanders about for food like a vulture; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.

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24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,

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      25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,

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      26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.

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      27 “Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,

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      28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.

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      29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.

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      30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.

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      31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
      32 Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.

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      33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.

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      34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.

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      35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit.”

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