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 make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? Job 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? Job 15:4 Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God. Job 15:5 For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. Job 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify against thee. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills? Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself? Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is not in us? Job 15:10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than thy father. Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is gentle toward thee? Job 15:12 Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes flash, Job 15:13 That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight: Job 15:16 How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water!
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare: Job 15:18 (Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it; Job 15:19 Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them): Job 15:20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. Job 15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. Job 15:22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, 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 darkness is ready at his hand. Job 15:24 Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. Job 15:25 Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty; Job 15:26 He runneth upon him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers; Job 15:27 Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins; Job 15:28 And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps; Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth. Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of [God's] mouth shall he go away. Job 15:31 Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense. Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green. Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree. Job 15:34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery. Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepareth deceit.