Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, Job 15:2 Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind, Job 15:3 Reasoning with unprofitable talk, and with speeches which do no good? Job 15:4 Yea, thou makest piety of none effect, and restrainest meditation before *God. Job 15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou hast chosen the tongue of the crafty. Job 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; and thy lips testify against thee. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? and wast thou brought forth before the hills? Job 15:8 Hast thou listened in the secret council of +God? And hast thou absorbed wisdom for thyself? Job 15:9 What knowest thou that we know not? [what] understandest thou which is not in us? Job 15:10 Both the greyheaded and the aged are with us, older than thy father. Job 15:11 Are the consolations of *God too small for thee? and the word gently spoken to thee? Job 15:12 Why doth thy heart carry thee away? and why do thine eyes wink? Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against *God, and lettest words go out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be pure? 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, and the heavens are not pure in his sight: Job 15:16 How much less the abominable and corrupt,man, that drinketh unrighteousness like water!
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will shew thee, listen to me; and what I have seen I will declare; Job 15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hidden; Job 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. Job 15:20 All his days the wicked man is tormented, and numbered years are allotted to the violent. Job 15:21 The sound of terrors is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer cometh upon him. Job 15:22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is singled out for the sword. Job 15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread,where may it be? 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 for the battle. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out his hand against *God, and strengthened himself against the Almighty: Job 15:26 He runneth against him, with [outstretched] neck, with the thick bosses of his bucklers; Job 15:27 For he hath covered his face with his fatness, and gathered fat upon [his] flanks. Job 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, in houses that no man inhabiteth, which are destined to become heaps. Job 15:29 He shall not become rich, neither shall his substance continue, and their possessions shall not extend upon the earth. Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches; and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. Job 15:31 Let him not trust in vanity: he is deceived, for vanity shall be his recompense; Job 15:32 It shall be complete before his day, and his branch shall not be green. Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grapes as a vine, and shall cast his flower as an olive. Job 15:34 For the family of the ungodly shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery. Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, and their belly prepareth deceit.