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 his belly 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 restrainest 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 restrain 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 grayheaded and the very aged men, much elder than thy father. Job 15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for thee, and the word [that dealeth] gently with thee? Job 15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and why do thine eyes wink? Job 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest [such] words go out of thy mouth. Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which 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 shew 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 spoiler 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 made collops of fat on his flanks; 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 produce bend to 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, deceiving himself: for vanity shall be his recompence. 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. 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 belly prepareth deceit.