Job 15:5

5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.

Read Job 15:5 Using Other Translations

For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Your sins are telling your mouth what to say. Your words are based on clever deception.

What does Job 15:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 15:5

For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity
Which was in his heart, and so was an evidence against him, and proved him perverse, and made good the above charges exhibited against him: or "thine iniquity teaches thy mouth" F25; the wickedness that was in his heart prompted his mouth to speak the things he did, see ( Matthew 12:34 ) ; and this, as it was an instance of his folly, ( Proverbs 15:2 ) ; so a proof of his casting off the fear of the Lord; for if that had been before his eyes, he would have bridled his lips, and not uttered all the wickedness of his heart: for he that "bridleth not his tongue, this man's religion is vain", ( James 1:26 ) ;

and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty;
coloured over things under specious pretences of religion and godliness, so that the simple and ignorant took him for a holy good man, when he was at heart an hypocrite; in this light Eliphaz puts Job, as one that walked and talked in craftiness, and was a deceitful worker, and imposed upon men with false glosses and plausible pretences.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (Kyp Knwe Play) "docuit iniquitas tua os tuum", V. L. Pagninus, Bolducius; "docebit", Montanus; "docet", Piscator, Cocceius; so Tigurine version.
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