Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphas the Themanite, and sayde: Job 15:2 Shulde a wyse man geue soch an answere (as it were one that spake in the wynde) and fyll his stomacke with anger? Job 15:3 Thou reprouest wt wordes, that are nothinge wroth: and speakest the thinges, which can do no good. Job 15:4 As for shame, thou hast set it asyde, els woldest thou not make so many wordes before God: Job 15:5 but thy wickednesse teacheth thy mouth, and so thou hast chosen the a craftie tonge. Job 15:6 Thine owne mouth condemneth the, and not I: yee thine owne lippes shappe the an answere. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man, that euer was borne? Or, wast thou made before the hylles? Job 15:8 hast thou herde the secrete councell of God, that all wysdome is to litle for ye? Job 15:9 What knowest thou, yt we knowe not? What vnderstondest thou, but we can the same? Job 15:10 With vs are olde and aged men, yee soch as haue lyued longer then thy forefathers. Job 15:11 Dost thou nomore regarde the comforte of God? but thy wicked wordes wil not suffre the. Job 15:12 Why doth thine herte make the so proude? Why stondest thou so greatly in thine owne conceate? Where vnto loke thine eyes, Job 15:13 yt thy mynde is so puft vp agaynst God & lettest soch wordes go out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, that he shulde be vncleane? what hath he (which is borne of a woman) wherby he might be knowne to be rightuous? Job 15:15 Beholde, he hath founde vnfaithfulnesse amoge his owne sanctes: yee the very heauens are vnclene in his sight. Job 15:16 How moch more then an abhominable and vyle ma, which dryncketh wickednesse like water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will tell the, heare me: I wil shewe the a thinge, that I knowe: Job 15:18 which wyse men haue tolde, & hath not bene hyd from their fathers: Job 15:19 vnto whom only the londe was geuen, that no straunger shulde come amonge them. Job 15:20 The vngodly despayreth all the dayes of his life, & the nombre of a tyrauntes yeares is vnknowne. Job 15:21 A fearfull sounde is euer in his eares, & when it is peace, yet feareth he destruccion: Job 15:22 He beleueth neuer to be delyuered out of darcknesse, the swearde is allwaye before his eyes. Job 15:23 When he goeth forth to get his lyuinge, he thinketh planely, that the daye of darcknesse is at honde. Job 15:24 Sorow and carefulnesse make him afrayed, & copasse him rounde aboute, like as it were a kinge with his hoost redy to the battayll. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out his honde agaynst God, & armed himself agaynst ye Allmightie. Job 15:26 He runneth proudly vpon him, & with a stiff necke fighteth he agaynst him: Job 15:27 where as he couereth his face with fatnesse, and maketh his body well lykynge. Job 15:28 Therfore shall his dwellynge be in desolate cities, & in houses which no ma inhabiteth, but are become heapes of stones. Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, nether shall his substaunce continue, ner encrease vpon earth. Job 15:30 He shal neuer come out of darcknesse, the flame shal drye vp his braunches, with ye blast of the mouth of God shal he be take awaie. Job 15:31 He wil nether applye himself to faithfulnes ner treuth, so sore is he disceaued wt vanite. Job 15:32 He shall perish, afore his tyme be worne out, and his honde shal not be grene. Job 15:33 He shalbe pluckte of as an vntymely grape from ye vyne, and shal let his floure fall, as the olyue doth. Job 15:34 For the congregacion of Ypocrites is vnfrutefull, & the fyre shal consume the houses of soch, as are gredy to receaue giftes. Job 15:35 He conceaueth trauayle, he beareth myschefe, & his body bryngeth forth disceate.