Job 15
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2"Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind?2“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?3Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?
4But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.4But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God.
5Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.5For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.6Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you.
7"Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?7“Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
8Do you listen in on God's council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?8Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?9What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.10Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father.
11Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?11Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you?
12Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,12Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?13that you turn your spirit against God and bring such words out of your mouth?
14"What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?14What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
15If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,15Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight;
16how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water!16how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks injustice like water!
17"Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,17“I will show you; hear me, and what I have seen I will declare
18what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors18(what wise men have told, without hiding it from their fathers,
19(to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them):19to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them).
20All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.20The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
21Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.21Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
22He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.22He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is marked for the sword.
23He wanders about for food like a vulture; he knows the day of darkness is at hand.23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
24Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,24distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle.
25because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,25Because he has stretched out his hand against God and defies the Almighty,
26defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield.26running stubbornly against him with a thickly bossed shield;
27"Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,27because he has covered his face with his fat and gathered fat upon his waist
28he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.28and has lived in desolate cities, in houses that none should inhabit, which were ready to become heaps of ruins;
29He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.29he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the earth;
30He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.30he will not depart from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.
31Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.31Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.
32Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish.32It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green.
33He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.33He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine, and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.
34For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.34For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."35They conceive trouble and give birth to evil, and their womb prepares deceit.”
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