Job 15 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered: 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 "A wise person would not answer with empty words or fill his stomach with the hot east wind. 2 "Would a wise man answer with empty notions or fill his belly with the hot east wind?
3 He would not argue with useless words or make speeches that have no value. 3 Would he argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?
4 But you even destroy respect for God and limit the worship of him. 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.
5 Your sin teaches your mouth what to say; you use words to trick others. 5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
6 It is your own mouth, not mine, that shows you are wicked; your own lips testify against you. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.
7 "You are not the first man ever born; you are not older than the hills. 7 "Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 You did not listen in on God's secret council. But you limit wisdom to yourself. 8 Do you listen in on God's council? Do you limit wisdom to yourself ?
9 You don't know any more than we know. You don't understand any more than we understand. 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?
10 Old people with gray hair are on our side; they are even older than your father. 10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.
11 Is the comfort God gives you not enough for you, even when words are spoken gently to you? 11 Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?
12 Has your heart carried you away from God? Why do your eyes flash with anger? 12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13 Why do you speak out your anger against God? Why do these words pour out of your mouth? 13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?
14 "How can anyone be pure? How can someone born to a woman be good? 14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
15 God places no trust in his holy ones, and even the heavens are not pure in his eyes. 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
16 How much less pure is one who is terrible and rotten and drinks up evil as if it were water! 16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!
17 "Listen to me, and I will tell you about it; I will tell you what I have seen. 17 "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,
18 These are things wise men have told; their fathers told them, and they have hidden nothing. 18 what wise men have declared, hiding nothing received from their fathers
19 (The land was given to their fathers only, and no foreigner lived among them.) 19 (to whom alone the land was given when no alien passed among them):
20 The wicked suffer pain all their lives; the cruel suffer during all the years saved up for them. 20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless through all the years stored up for him.
21 Terrible sounds fill their ears, and when things seem to be going well, robbers attack them. 21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22 Evil people give up trying to escape from the darkness; it has been decided that they will die by the sword. 22 He despairs of escaping the darkness; he is marked for the sword.
23 They wander around and will become food for vultures. They know darkness will soon come. 23 He wanders about--food for vultures; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.
24 Worry and suffering terrify them; they overwhelm them, like a king ready to attack, 24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; they overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,
25 because they shake their fists at God and try to get their own way against the Almighty. 25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,
26 They stubbornly charge at God with thick, strong shields. 26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.
27 "Although the faces of the wicked are thick with fat, and their bellies are fat with flesh, 27 "Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,
28 they will live in towns that are ruined, in houses where no one lives, which are crumbling into ruins. 28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.
29 The wicked will no longer get rich, and the riches they have will not last; the things they own will no longer spread over the land. 29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 They will not escape the darkness. A flame will dry up their branches; God's breath will carry the wicked away. 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 The wicked should not fool themselves by trusting what is useless. If they do, they will get nothing in return. 31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
32 Their branches will dry up before they finish growing and will never turn green. 32 Before his time he will be paid in full, and his branches will not flourish.
33 They will be like a vine whose grapes are pulled off before they are ripe, like an olive tree that loses its blossoms. 33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
34 People without God can produce nothing. Fire will destroy the tents of those who take money to do evil, 34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
35 who plan trouble and give birth to evil, whose hearts plan ways to trick others." 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."