Eliphaz’s Second Speech1
15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
15:2 “Does a wise man answer with blustery knowledge,2
or fill his belly3 with the east wind?4
15:3 Does he argue5 with useless6 talk,
with words that have no value in them?
15:4 But you even break off7 piety,8
and hinder9 meditation10 before God.
15:5 Your sin inspires11 your mouth;
you choose the language12 of the crafty.13
15:6 Your own mouth condemns14 you, not I;
your own lips testify against15 you.
15:7 “Were you the first man ever born?
Were you brought forth before the hills?
15:8 Do you listen in on God’s secret council?16
Do you limit17 wisdom to yourself?
15:9 What do you know that we don’t know?
What do you understand that we don’t understand?18
15:10 The gray-haired19 and the aged are on our side,20
men far older than your father.21
15:11 Are God’s consolations22 too trivial for you;23
or a word spoken24 in gentleness to you?
15:12 Why25 has your heart carried you away,26
and why do your eyes flash,27
15:13 when you turn your rage28 against God
and allow such words to escape29 from your mouth?
15:14 What is man that he should be pure,
or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15 If God places no trust in his holy ones,30
if even the heavens31 are not pure in his eyes,
15:16 how much less man, who is abominable and corrupt,32
who drinks in evil like water!33
15:17 “I will explain to you;
listen to me,
and what34 I have seen, I will declare,35
15:18 what wise men declare,
from the tradition of36 their ancestors,37
15:19 to whom alone the land was given
when no foreigner passed among them.38
15:20 All his days39 the wicked man suffers torment,40
throughout the number of the years
that41 are stored up for the tyrant.42
15:21 Terrifying sounds fill43 his ears;
in a time of peace marauders44 attack him.
15:22 He does not expect45 to escape from darkness;46
he is marked for the sword;47
15:23 he wanders about – food for vultures;48
he knows that the day of darkness is at hand.49
15:24 Distress and anguish50 terrify him;
they prevail against him
like a king ready to launch an attack,51
15:25 for he stretches out his hand against God,52
and vaunts himself53 against the Almighty,
15:26 defiantly charging against him54
with a thick, strong shield!55
15:27 Because he covered his face with fat,56
and made57 his hips bulge with fat,58
15:28 he lived in ruined towns59
and in houses where60 no one lives,
where they are ready to crumble into heaps.61
15:29 He will not grow rich,
and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions62 spread over the land.
15:30 He will not escape the darkness;63
a flame will wither his shoots
and he will depart
by the breath of God’s mouth.64
15:31 Let him not trust in what is worthless,65
for worthlessness will be his reward.66
15:32 Before his time67 he will be paid in full,68
and his branches will not flourish.69
15:33 Like a vine he will let his sour grapes fall,70
and like an olive tree
he will shed his blossoms.71
15:34 For the company of the godless is barren,72
and fire73 consumes the tents of those who accept bribes.74
15:35 They conceive75 trouble and bring forth evil;
their belly76 prepares deception.”