Job 15

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,

hiding nothing,

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

deceiving himself;

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.”

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