Job 15

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite
Lit answered and said
2Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
b  And fill
Lit his belly
himself with the east wind?
3Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which are not profitable?
4Indeed, you do away with
Lit fear
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.

7Were you the first man to be born,
Or h  were you brought forth before the hills?
8Do 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?
10Both 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?
12Why does your o  heart carry you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
13That you should turn your spirit against God
And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
14What is man, that p  he should be pure,
Or q  he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15Behold, He puts no trust in His r  holy ones,
And the s  heavens are not pure in His sight;
16How much less one who is t  detestable and corrupt,
Man, who u  drinks iniquity like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

17I will tell you, listen to me;
And what I have seen I will also declare;
18What wise men have told,
And have not concealed from v  their fathers,
19To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
20The wicked man writhes w  in pain all his days,
Lit the number of years are
numbered 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.
22He does not believe that he will ac  return from darkness,
And he is destined for ad  the sword.
23He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of ae  darkness is
Lit ready at his hand
at hand.
24Distress and anguish terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25Because he has stretched out his hand against God
And conducts himself ag  arrogantly against
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty.
26He rushes
Lit with a stiff neck
headlong at Him
Lit the thick-bossed shields
his 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 heaps
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 aside
escape 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 exchange
32It will be accomplished au  before his time,
And his palm av  branch will not be green.
33He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will aw  cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34For the company of ax  the godless is barren,
And fire consumes ay  the tents of
Lit a bribe
the corrupt.
35“They ba  conceive
Or pain
mischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their
Lit belly
mind prepares deception.”

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