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Job 15 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Eliphaz of Teman spoke a second time: 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 "If you were truly wise, would you sound so much like a windbag, belching hot air? 2 "Would a wise man answer with empty notions or fill his belly with the hot east wind?
3 Would you talk nonsense in the middle of a serious argument, babbling baloney? 3 Would he argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?
4 Look at you! You trivialize religion, turn spiritual conversation into empty gossip. 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.
5 It's your sin that taught you to talk this way. You chose an education in fraud. 5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own words have exposed your guilt. It's nothing I've said - you've incriminated yourself! 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.
7 Do you think you're the first person to have to deal with these things? Have you been around as long as the hills? 7 "Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Were you listening in when God planned all this? Do you think you're the only one who knows anything? 8 Do you listen in on God's council? Do you limit wisdom to yourself ?
9 What do you know that we don't know? What insights do you have that we've missed? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?
10 Gray beards and white hair back us up - old folks who've been around a lot longer than you. 10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.
11 Are God's promises not enough for you, spoken so gently and tenderly? 11 Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?
12 Why do you let your emotions take over, lashing out and spitting fire, 12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13 Pitting your whole being against God by letting words like this come out of your mouth? 13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?
14 Do you think it's possible for any mere mortal to be sinless in God's sight, for anyone born of a human mother to get it all together? 14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
15 Why, God can't even trust his holy angels. He sees the flaws in the very heavens themselves, 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
16 So how much less we humans, smelly and foul, who lap up evil like water? 16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!
17 "I've a thing or two to tell you, so listen up! I'm letting you in on my views; 17 "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,
18 It's what wise men and women have always taught, holding nothing back from what they were taught 18 what wise men have declared, hiding nothing received from their fathers
19 By their parents, back in the days when they had this land all to themselves: 19 (to whom alone the land was given when no alien passed among them):
20 Those who live by their own rules, not God's, can expect nothing but trouble, and the longer they live, the worse it gets. 20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless through all the years stored up for him.
21 Every little sound terrifies them. Just when they think they have it made, disaster strikes. 21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22 They despair of things ever getting better - they're on the list of people for whom things always turn out for the worst. 22 He despairs of escaping the darkness; he is marked for the sword.
23 They wander here and there, never knowing where the next meal is coming from - every day is doomsday! 23 He wanders about--food for vultures; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.
24 They live in constant terror, always with their backs up against the wall 24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; they overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,
25 Because they insist on shaking their fists at God, defying God Almighty to his face, 25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,
26 Always and ever at odds with God, always on the defensive. 26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.
27 "Even if they're the picture of health, trim and fit and youthful, 27 "Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,
28 They'll end up living in a ghost town sleeping in a hovel not fit for a dog, a ramshackle shack. 28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.
29 They'll never get ahead, never amount to a hill of beans. 29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 And then death - don't think they'll escape that! They'll end up shriveled weeds, brought down by a puff of God's breath. 30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.
31 There's a lesson here: Whoever invests in lies, gets lies for interest, 31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
32 Paid in full before the due date. Some investment! 32 Before his time he will be paid in full, and his branches will not flourish.
33 They'll be like fruit frost-killed before it ripens, like buds sheared off before they bloom. 33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
34 The godless are fruitless - a barren crew; a life built on bribes goes up in smoke. 34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
35 They have sex with sin and give birth to evil. Their lives are wombs for breeding deceit." 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."