Job 15

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded *,
2 "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge 1And fill himself with the east wind?
3 "Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?
5 "For 2your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of 3the crafty.
6 "Your 4own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you.
7 "Were you the first man to be born, Or 5were you brought forth before the hills?
8 "Do you hear the 6secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?
9 "7What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?
10 "Both the 8gray-haired and the aged are among us, Older * than your father.
11 "Are 9the consolations of God too small for you, Even the 10word spoken gently with you?
12 "Why does your 11heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,
13 That you should turn your spirit against God And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
14 "What is man, that 12he should be pure, Or 13he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 "Behold, He puts no trust in His 14holy ones, And the 15heavens are not pure in His sight;
16 How much * less one who is 16detestable and corrupt, Man, who 17drinks iniquity like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

17 "I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;
18 What wise men have told, And have not concealed from 18their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them.
20 "The wicked man writhes 19in pain all his days, And numbered are the years 20stored up for the ruthless.
21 "Sounds of 21terror are in his ears; 22While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 "He does not believe that he will 23return from darkness, And he is destined for 24the sword.
23 "He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of 25darkness is at hand.
24 "Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself 26arrogantly against the Almighty.
26 "He rushes headlong at Him With his massive * shield.
27 "For he has 27covered his face with his fat And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28 "He has 28lived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins.
29 "He 29will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30 "He will 30not escape from darkness; The 31flame will wither his shoots, And by 32the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 "Let him not 33trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.
32 "It will be accomplished 34before his time, And his palm 35branch will not be green.
33 "He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will 36cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34 "For the company of 37the godless is barren, And fire consumes 38the tents of the corrupt.
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