Job 14; Job 15; Job 16

1 All of us are born of women, have few days, and are full of turmoil. 2 Like a flower, we bloom, then wither, flee like a shadow, and don't last. 3 (Yes, you open your eyes on this one; you bring me into trial against you.) 4 Who can make pure from impure? Nobody. 5 If our days are fixed, the number of our months with you, you set a statute and we can't exceed it. 6 Look away from us that we may rest, until we are satisfied like a worker at day's end. 7 Indeed there is hope for a tree. If it's cut down and still sprouting and its shoots don't fail, 8 if its roots age in the ground and its stump dies in the dust, 9 at the scent of water, it will bud and produce sprouts like a plant. 10 But a human dies and lies there; a person expires, and where is he? 11 Water vanishes from the sea; a river dries up completely. 12 But a human lies down and doesn't rise until the heavens cease; they don't get up and awaken from sleep. 13 I wish you would hide me in the underworld, conceal me until your anger passes, set a time for me, and remember me. 14 If people die, will they live again? All the days of my service I would wait until my restoration took place. 15 You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for your handiwork. 16 Though you now number my steps, you would not keep a record of my sin. 17 My rebellion is sealed in a bag; you would cover my sin. 18 But an eroding mountain breaks up, and rock is displaced. 19 Water wears away boulders; floods carry away soil; you destroy a people's hope. 20 You overpower them relentlessly, and they die; you change their appearance and send them away. 21 Their children achieve honor, and they don't know it; their children become insignificant, and they don't see it. 22 They only feel the pain of their body, and they mourn for themselves.
1 Eliphaz answered: 2 Will the wise respond with windy knowledge and fill their belly with the east wind? 3 Will they argue with a word that has no benefit and with unprofitable words? 4 You are truly making religion ineffective and restraining meditation before God. 5 Your mouth multiplies your sins a thousand times; you opt for a clever tongue. 6 Your mouth condemns you, not I; your lips argue against you. 7 Were you born the first Adam, brought forth before the hills? 8 Did you listen in God's council; is wisdom limited to you? 9 What do you know that we don't know; what do you understand that isn't among us? 10 Both the graybeard and the aged are with us; those much older than your father. 11 Are God's comforts not enough for you, a word spoken gently with you? 12 Why has your mind seized you, why have your eyes flashed, 13 so that you return your breath to God and utter such words from your mouth? 14 What are humans that they might be pure, and those born of woman that they might be innocent? 15 If he doesn't trust his holy ones and the heavens aren't pure in his eyes, 16 how much less those who are abominable and corrupt, for they drink sin like water. 17 Listen to me; I will argue with you; what I've seen, I will declare to you; 18 what the wise have told and have not concealed from their family, 19 to whom alone the earth was given and no stranger passed in their midst. 20 All the days of the wicked are painful; the number of years reserved for the hateful; 21 a sound of terror pierces their ears; when safe, raiders overtake them. 22 They can't count on turning away from darkness; they are destined for a sword. 23 They wander about for bread. "Where is it?" They know that their day of darkness is fixed. 24 Adversity and stress scare them, master them like a king ready to strike; 25 for they raise a fist against God and try to overpower the Almighty. 26 They run toward him aggressively, with a massive and strong shield. 27 They cover their face with grease and make their loins gross. 28 They lived in ruined cities, unoccupied houses that turn to rubble. 29 They won't get rich; their wealth won't last; their property won't extend over the earth. 30 They can't turn away from darkness; a flame will dry out their shoots, and they will be taken away by the wind from his mouth. 31 They shouldn't trust in what has no worth, for their reward will be worthless. 32 Before their branch is formed, before it is green, 33 like the vine, they will drop early grapes and cast off their blossoms like the olive. 34 The ruthless gang is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribers. 35 They conceive toil and give birth to sorrow; their belly establishes deceit.
1 Then Job answered: 2 I've heard many things like these. All of you are sorry comforters. 3 Will windy talk ever cease; what bothers you that you must argue? 4 In your situation I could speak like you; I could put words together to oppose you, shake my head over you. 5 I could heap up words, strengthen you with my speech; my trembling lips would be held in check. 6 If I speak, my pain is not eased; if I hold back, what have I lost? 7 Now God has surely worn me out. You have destroyed my entire group, 8 seized me, which became grounds for an accusation. My leanness rises to bear witness against me. 9 His anger tears me and afflicts me; he slashes at me with his teeth. My enemy pierces me with his eyes. 10 They open their mouths at me and strike my cheek in a taunt; they gang up on me. 11 God delivers me to a criminal and forces me into the hands of the wicked. 12 I was at rest, but he shattered me, seized me by the back of my neck, dashed me into pieces; he raised me up for his target. 13 His archers surround me; he cuts my kidneys open without pity and doesn't care, pours my gall on the ground, 14 bursts me open over and over, runs against me like a strong man. 15 I've sewed rough cloth over my skin and buried my dignity in the dust. 16 My face is red from crying, and dark gloom hangs on my eyelids. 17 But there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure. 18 Earth, don't cover my blood; let my outcry never cease. 19 Surely now my witness stands in heaven; my advocate is on high; 20 my go-between, my friend. While my eyes drip tears to God, 21 let him plead with God for a human being, like a person pleads for a friend. 22 A number of years will surely pass, and then I'll walk a path that I won't return.
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