Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, Job 15:2 Should a wise man vtter vaine knowledge, and fill his belly with the East winde? Job 15:3 Should hee reason with vnprofitable talke? or with speeches wherewith he can doe no good? Job 15:4 Yea thou castest off feare, and restrainest prayer before God. Job 15:5 For thy mouth vttereth thine iniquitie, and thou choosest the tongue of the craftie. Job 15:6 Thine owne mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea thine owne lippes testifie against thee. Job 15:7 Art [thou] the first man [that] was borne? or wast thou made before the hilles? Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and doest thou restraine wisedome to thy selfe? Job 15:9 What knowest thou that we know not? [what] vnderstandest thou, which is not in vs? Job 15:10 With vs are both the gray headed, and very aged men, much elder then thy father. Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? Job 15:12 Why doeth thine heart carie thee away? and what doe thine eyes winke at, Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest [such] words goe out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What [is] man, that he should be cleane? and he which is borne of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:15 Beholde, he putteth no trust in his Saints, yea, the heauens are not cleane in his sight. Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthie is man, which drinketh iniquitie like water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will shew thee, heare me, and that which I haue seene, I wil declare, Job 15:18 Which wise men haue tolde from their fathers, and haue not hid [it]: Job 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was giuen, and no stranger passed among them. Job 15:20 The wicked man trauaileth with paine all [his] dayes, and the number of yeeres is hidden to the oppressour. Job 15:21 A dreadfull sound [is] in his eares; in prosperitie the destroyer shall come vpon him. Job 15:22 He beleeueth not that he shall returne out of darkenesse, and he is waited for, of the sword. Job 15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where [is it]? he knoweth that the day of darkenes is ready at his hand. Job 15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall preuaile against him, as a king ready to the battell. Job 15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himselfe against the Almightie. Job 15:26 He runneth vpon him, [euen] on [his] necke, vpon the thicke bosses of his bucklers: Job 15:27 Because he couereth his face with his fatnesse, and maketh collops of fat on [his] flankes. Job 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heapes. Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof vpon the earth. Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkenesse, the flame shall drie vp his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he goe away. Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceiued, trust in vanitie: for vanitie shalbe his recompence. Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not bee greene. Job 15:33 He shal shake off his vnripe grape as the Uine, and shall cast off his flowre as the Oliue. Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites [shall be] desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of briberie. Job 15:35 They conceiue mischiefe, and bring forth vanitie, and their belly prepareth deceit.