Job 15:1-16 NIV

Eliphaz

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite1 replied:

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2 "Would a wise man answer with empty notions or fill his belly with the hot east wind?2

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

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

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5 Your sin5 prompts your mouth;6 you adopt the tongue of the crafty.7

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6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.8

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7 "Are you the first man ever born?9 Were you brought forth before the hills?10

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8 Do you listen in on God's council?11 Do you limit wisdom to yourself ?12

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9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?13

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10 The gray-haired and the aged14 are on our side, men even older than your father.15

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11 Are God's consolations16 not enough for you, words17 spoken gently to you?18

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12 Why has your heart19 carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,

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13 so that you vent your rage20 against God and pour out such words21 from your mouth?22

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14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman,23 that he could be righteous?24

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15 If God places no trust in his holy ones,25 if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,26

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16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt,27 who drinks up evil28 like water!29

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