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Job 15


Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

Job 15:1   Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
Job 15:2   "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?
Job 15:3   "Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?
Job 15:4   "Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.
Job 15:5   "For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.
Job 15:6   "Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you.
Job 15:7   "Were you the first man to be born, Or were you brought forth before the hills?
Job 15:8   "Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15:9   "What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?
Job 15:10   "Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Older than your father.
Job 15:11   "Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you?
Job 15:12   "Why does your heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,
Job 15:13   That you should turn your spirit against God And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
Job 15:14   "What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 15:15   "Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight;
Job 15:16   How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

Job 15:17   "I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;
Job 15:18   What wise men have told, And have not concealed from their fathers,
Job 15:19   To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them.
Job 15:20   "The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.
Job 15:21   "Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
Job 15:22   "He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword.
Job 15:23   "He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.
Job 15:24   "Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
Job 15:25   Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.
Job 15:26   "He rushes headlong at Him With his massive shield.
Job 15:27   "For he has covered his face with his fat And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
Job 15:28   "He has lived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins.
Job 15:29   "He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
Job 15:30   "He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
Job 15:31   "Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.
Job 15:32   "It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.
Job 15:33   "He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.
Job 15:34   "For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.
Job 15:35   "They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception."
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