Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 And Eliphaz the Themanite, answered, and said: Job 15:2 Will a wise man answer as if he were speaking in the wind, and fill his stomach with burning heat? Job 15:3 Thou reprovest him by words, who is not equal to thee, and thou speakest that which is not good for thee. Job 15:4 As much as is in thee, thou hast made void fear, and hast taken away prayers from before God. Job 15:5 For thy iniquity hath taught thy mouth, and thou imitatest the tongue of blasphemers. Job 15:6 Thy own mouth shall condemn thee, and not I: and thy own lips shall answer thee. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man that was born, or wast thou made before the hills? Job 15:8 Hast thou heard God's counsel, and shall his wisdom be inferior to thee? Job 15:9 What knowest thou that we are ignorant of? what dost thou understand that we know not? Job 15:10 There are with us also aged and ancient men, much elder than thy fathers. Job 15:11 Is it a great matter that God should comfort thee? but thy wicked words hinder this. Job 15:12 Why doth thy heart elevate thee, and why dost thou stare with thy eyes, as if they were thinking great things? Job 15:13 Why doth thy spirit swell against God, to utter such words out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born of a woman that he should appear just? Job 15:15 Behold among his saints none is unchangeable, and the heavens are not pure in his sight. Job 15:16 How much more is man abominable, and unprofitable, who drinketh iniquity like water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will shew thee, hear me: and I will tell thee what I have seen. Job 15:18 Wise men confess and hide not their fathers. Job 15:19 To whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger hath passed among them. Job 15:20 The wicked man is proud all his days, and the number of the years of his tyranny is uncertain. Job 15:21 The sound of dread is always in his ears: and when there is peace, he always suspecteth treason. Job 15:22 He believeth not that he may return from darkness to light, looking round about for the sword on every side. Job 15:23 When he moveth himself to seek bread, he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. Job 15:24 Tribulation shall terrify him, and distress shall surround him, as a king that is prepared for the battle. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and hath strengthened himself against the Almighty. Job 15:26 He hath run against him with his neck raised up, and is armed with a fat neck. Job 15:27 Fatness hath covered his face, and the fat hangeth down on his sides. Job 15:28 He hath dwelt in desolate cities, and in desert houses that are reduced into heaps. Job 15:29 He shall not be enriched, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he push his root in the earth. Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness: the flame shall dry up his branches, and he shall be taken away by the breath of his own mouth. Job 15:31 He shall not believe, being vainly deceived by error, that he may be redeemed with any price. Job 15:32 Before his days be full he shall perish: and his hands shall wither away. Job 15:33 He shall be blasted as a vine when its grapes are in the first flower, and as an olive tree that casteth its flower. Job 15:34 For the congregation of the hypocrite is barren, and fire shall devour their tabernacles, who love to take bribes. Job 15:35 He hath conceived sorrow, and hath brought forth iniquity, and his womb prepareth deceits.