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4. Eliphaz's rebuke and warning 15:1-35
Job 15 :1 15:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Job 15 :2 15:2 Should a wise man answer with the knowledge of wind,
And should he fill his belly with the east wind?
Job 15 :3 15:3 Should he argue with useless talk
And with words by which he cannot avail?
Job 15 :4 15:4 Indeed you do away with the fear of God
And restrain meditation before God.
Job 15 :5 15:5 For your iniquity instructs your mouth,
And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Job 15 :6 15:6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.
Job 15 :7 15:7 Are you the first man born?
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
Job 15 :8 15:8 Did you listen in on the asecret council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15 :9 15:9 What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not with us?
Job 15 :10 15:10 Both the grayheaded and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
Job 15 :11 15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for you,
Or the word spoken gently to you?
Job 15 :12 15:12 Why does your heart take you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
Job 15 :13 15:13 That you turn your spirit against God
And let words go forth from your mouth?
Job 15 :14 15:14 What is mortal man, that he can be aclean,
Or he who is bborn of a woman, that he can be crighteous?
Job 15 :15 15:15 Indeed, He puts no trust in His holy ones;
Even the aheavens are not clean in His eyes.
Job 15 :16 15:16 How much less one who is abominable and corrupt!
How much less a man who drinks wrong like water!
Job 15 :17 15:17 1I will tell you; hear me;
And what I have seen, that will I recount,
Job 15 :18 15:18 What wise men have declared,
And have not hidden, from their fathers;
Job 15 :19 15:19 To whom alone the land was given,
And no stranger passed in their midst:
Job 15 :20 15:20 For all his days the wicked man travails in pain,
And numbered years are stored up for the ruthless man.
Job 15 :21 15:21 The sound of terrors is in his ears;
While he is at peace, the destroyer will come upon him.
Job 15 :22 15:22 He does not believe that he will return from the darkness,
And he is spied out for the sword.
Job 15 :23 15:23 He wanders for bread — where is it?
He knows that the day of darkness is ready at hand.
Job 15 :24 15:24 Distress and straits terrify him;
They prevail against him, like a king prepared for the attack;
Job 15 :25 15:25 Because he stretched out his hand against God,
And against the Almighty he acted mightily,
Job 15 :26 15:26 Running against Him with a stiff neck,
With the thick bosses of his shield;
Job 15 :27 15:27 Because he covered his face with his fatness
And gathered fat upon his loins;
Job 15 :28 15:28 And he dwelt in desolated cities,
In houses which should not have been inhabited,
Which were appointed to become heaps.
Job 15 :29 15:29 He will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure;
Nor will 1his produce bend down to the earth.
Job 15 :30 15:30 He will not go away from darkness;
The flame will dry up his shoots,
And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
Job 15 :31 15:31 Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself;
For vanity will be his recompense.
Job 15 :32 15:32 It will be fully paid before his day,
And his branch will not be flourishing.
Job 15 :33 15:33 He will shake off his unripe grapes like a vine,
And he will cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
Job 15 :34 15:34 For the company of the profane will be barren,
And fire will devour the tents of bribery.
Job 15 :35 15:35 They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their heart prepares deceit.
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