Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidresponded, 2 “Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
b And fill ▼
▼ Lit his bellyhimself with the east wind?
3 “Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which are not profitable?
4 “Indeed, you do away with ▼
▼ Lit fearreverence
And hinder meditation before God.
5 “For e your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of f the crafty.
6 “Your g own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.
7 “Were you the first man to be born,
Or h were you brought forth before the hills?
8 “Do you hear the i secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
9 j “What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that ▼
▼ Lit is not within us?we do not?
10 “Both the l gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
11 “Are m the consolations of God too small for you,
Even the n word spoken gently with you?
12 “Why does your o heart 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 p he should be pure,
Or q he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 “Behold, He puts no trust in His r holy ones,
And the s heavens are not pure in His sight;
16 How much less one who is t detestable and corrupt,
Man, who u drinks iniquity like water!
What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life17 “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 v their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
20 “The wicked man writhes w in pain all his days,
▼ Lit the number of years arenumbered are the years y stored up for the ruthless.
▼ Lit A sound of terrors is“Sounds of aa terror are in his ears;
ab While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 “He does not believe that he will ac return from darkness,
And he is destined for ad the sword.
23 “He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of ae darkness is ▼
▼ Lit ready at his handat 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 ag arrogantly against ▼
▼ Heb Shaddaithe Almighty.
26 “He rushes ▼
▼ Lit with a stiff neckheadlong at Him
▼ Lit the thick-bossed shieldshis massive shield.
27 “For he has ak covered his face with his fat
And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28 “He has al lived in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become ▼
▼ Or heapsruins.
29 “He an will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30 “He will ao not ▼
▼ Lit turn asideescape from darkness;
The aq flame will wither his shoots,
And by ar the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 “Let him not as trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For emptiness will be his ▼
▼ Lit exchangereward.
32 “It will be accomplished au before his time,
And his palm av branch will not be green.
33 “He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will aw cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34 “For the company of ax the godless is barren,
And fire consumes ay the tents of ▼
▼ Lit a bribethe corrupt.
35 “They ba conceive ▼
▼ Or painmischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their ▼
▼ Lit bellymind prepares deception.”
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