Job 15 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered: 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind? 2 "Would a wise man answer with empty notions or fill his belly with the hot east wind?
3 Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good? 3 Would he argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?
4 But you are doing away with the fear of God, and hindering meditation before God. 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty. 5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.
7 "Are you the first man that was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? 7 "Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself? 8 Do you listen in on God's council? Do you limit wisdom to yourself ?
9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?
10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father. 10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you? 11 Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash, 12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13 that you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth? 13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?
14 What is man, that he can be clean? Or he that is born of a woman, that he can be righteous? 14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
15 Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in his sight; 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water! 16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!
17 "I will show you, hear me; and what I have seen I will declare 17 "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,
18 (what wise men have told, and their fathers have not hidden, 18 what wise men have declared, hiding nothing received from their fathers
19 to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them). 19 (to whom alone the land was given when no alien passed among them):
20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. 20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless through all the years stored up for him.
21 Terrifying sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him. 21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is destined for the sword. 22 He despairs of escaping the darkness; he is marked for the sword.
23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; 23 He wanders about--food for vultures; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.
24 distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king prepared for battle. 24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; they overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,
25 Because he has stretched forth his hand against God, and bids defiance to the Almighty, 25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,
26 running stubbornly against him with a thick-bossed shield; 26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.
27 because he has covered his face with his fat, and gathered fat upon his loins, 27 "Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,
28 and has lived in desolate cities, in houses which no man should inhabit, which were destined to become heaps of ruins; 28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.
29 he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will he strike root in the earth; 29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 he will not escape from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and his blossom will be swept away by the wind. 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 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness will be his recompense. 31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
32 It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green. 32 Before his time he will be paid in full, and his branches will not flourish.
33 He will shake off his unripe grape, like the vine, and cast off his blossom, like the olive tree. 33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
34 For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribery. 34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
35 They conceive mischief and bring forth evil and their heart prepares deceit." 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."