Job 15 TNIV

Eliphaz

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite1 replied:

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2 "Would the wise answer with empty notions or fill their bellies with the hot east wind?2

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3 Would they 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 have a monopoly on wisdom?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 are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman,23 that they 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 mortals, who are vile and corrupt,27 who drink up evil28 like water!29

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17 "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,30

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18 what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors31

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19 (to whom alone the land32 was given when no foreigners moved among them):

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20 All their days the wicked suffer torment,33 the ruthless through all the years stored up for them.34

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21 Terrifying sounds fill their ears;35 when all seems well, marauders attack them.36

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22 They despair of escaping the realm of darkness;37 they are marked for the sword.38

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23 They wander about39 for food like vultures;40 they know the day of darkness41 is at hand.42

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24 Distress and anguish43 fill them with terror;44 troubles overwhelm them, like a king45 poised to attack,

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      25 because they shake their fists46 at God and vaunt themselves against the Almighty,47

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      26 defiantly charging against him with thick, strong shields.48

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      27 "Though their faces are covered with fat and their waists bulge with flesh,49

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      28 they will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives,50 houses crumbling to rubble.51

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      29 They will no longer be rich and their wealth will not endure,52 nor will their possessions spread over the land.53

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      30 They will not escape the darkness;54 a flame55 will wither their shoots,56 and the breath of God's mouth57 will carry them away.58

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      31 Let them not deceive59 themselves by trusting what is worthless,60 for they will get nothing in return.61
      32 Before their time62 they will wither,63 and their branches will not flourish.64

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      33 They will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,65 like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.66

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      34 For the company of the godless67 will be barren, and fire will consume68 the tents of those who love bribes.69

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      35 They conceive trouble70 and give birth to evil;71 their womb fashions deceit."

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