Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then aunswered Eliphaz the Themanite, and saide: Job 15:2 Shall a wyse mans aunswere be as the winde, and fill a mans belly as it were with the winde of the east? Job 15:3 Shall he reproue with a worde that is nothing worth, & speake the thinges which can do no good? Job 15:4 Surely thou hast cast of feare, and restrainest prayer before God. Job 15:5 For thy mouth setteth forth thyne owne iniquitie, seeing thou hast chosen the tongue of the craftie. Job 15:6 Thyne owne mouth condempneth thee, and not I: yea, thyne owne lippes shape an aunswere against thee. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that euer was borne? or wast thou made before the hils? Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret counsell of God? and doest thou restraine wysdome to thee? Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we knowe not? And what vnderstandest thou, but we can the same? Job 15:10 With vs are both olde and aged men, yea such as haue liued longer then thy father. Job 15:11 Thinkest thou it a small thing of the consolations of God? with thee is a lying worde. Job 15:12 Why doth thyne heart so bewitche thee? And wherefore winckest thou with thyne eyes, Job 15:13 That thy minde is so pufte vp against God, and lettest such wordes go out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be cleane? and he which is borne of a woman, whereby he might be righteous? Job 15:15 Beholde he doth not trust his sainctes, yea, the very heauens are not cleane in his sight: Job 15:16 How much more then an abhominable and vyle man, which drincketh wickednesse like water.
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will tel thee, heare me, and I will shewe thee that I haue seene: Job 15:18 Which wyse men haue tolde, and haue not hid that which they receaued from theyr fathers: Job 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was geue, and no straunger went among them. Job 15:20 The vngodly soroweth all the dayes of his lyfe as it were a woman with childe, and the number of a tirauntes yeres is vnknowen. Job 15:21 A feareful sounde is [euer] in his eares, and when he is in peace, the destroyer shall come vpon him. Job 15:22 He beleueth neuer to be deliuered out of darknesse: for the sworde is alwayes before his eyes. Job 15:23 He wandreth abrode for bread where it is, knowing that the day of darkenesse is redie at his hande. Job 15:24 Trouble and anguishe wil make him afrayde, and compasse him about, as is a king in the middest of an armie. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out his hande against God, and armed him selfe against the almightie. Job 15:26 He runneth proudly vpon him, & with a stiffe necke fighteth he against him. Job 15:27 Where as he couereth his face with fatnesse, and maketh his body well lyking. Job 15:28 Therefore shall his dwelling be in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, but are become heapes of stones. Job 15:29 He shall not be riche, neither shall his substaunce continue, neither shal the prosperitie thereof be prolonged vpon earth. Job 15:30 He shall neuer depart out of darkenesse, the flame shal drye vp his branches, with the blast of ye mouth [of God] shall he be taken away. Job 15:31 He beleeueth not that he erreth in vanitie, and yet vanitie shalbe his recompence. Job 15:32 He shal perishe afore his time be worne out, and his braunche shall not be greene. Job 15:33 He shalbe plucked of as an vntimely grape from the vine, and shall let his floure fall as the oliue doth. Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shalbe desolate, and the fire shall consume the houses of such as are greedie to receaue giftes. Job 15:35 He conceaueth trauaile, and beareth vanitie, and their body bringeth foorth disceyte.