Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and saide, Job 15:2 Shal a wise man speake words of ye winde, and fill his bellie with the East winde? Job 15:3 Shall he dispute with wordes not comely? or with talke that is not profitable? Job 15:4 Surely thou hast cast off feare, and restrainest prayer before God. Job 15:5 For thy mouth declareth thine iniquitie, seeing thou hast chosen ye tongue of the crafty. Job 15:6 Thine owne mouth condemneth thee, and not I, and thy lippes testifie against thee. Job 15:7 Art thou the first man, that was borne? and wast thou made before the hils? Job 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret counsell of God, and doest thou restraine wisedome to thee? Job 15:9 What knowest thou that we knowe not? and vnderstandest that is not in vs? Job 15:10 With vs are both auncient and very aged men, farre older then thy father. Job 15:11 Seeme the consolations of God smal vnto thee? is this thing strange vnto thee? Job 15:12 Why doeth thine heart take thee away, and what doe thine eyes meane, Job 15:13 That thou answerest to God at thy pleasure, and bringest such wordes out of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be cleane? and he that is borne of woman, that he shoulde be iust? Job 15:15 Beholde, he founde no stedfastnesse in his Saintes: yea, the heauens are not cleane in his sight. Job 15:16 How much more is man abominable, and filthie, which drinketh iniquitie like water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will tell thee: heare me, and I will declare that which I haue seene: Job 15:18 Which wise men haue tolde, as they haue heard of their fathers, and haue not kept it secret: Job 15:19 To whome alone the land was giuen and no stranger passed through them. Job 15:20 The wicked man is continually as one that traueileth of childe, and the nomber of yeeres is hid from the tyrant. Job 15:21 A sounde of feare is in his eares, and in his prosperitie the destroyer shall come vpon him. Job 15:22 He beleeueth not to returne out of darknesse: for he seeth the sworde before him. Job 15:23 He wandreth to and fro for bread where he may: he knoweth that the day of darkenesse is prepared at hande. Job 15:24 Affliction and anguish shall make him afraide: they shall preuaile against him as a King readie to the battell. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out his hand against God, and made him selfe strong against the Almightie. Job 15:26 Therefore God shall runne vpon him, euen vpon his necke, and against the most thicke part of his shielde. Job 15:27 Because he hath couered his face with his fatnesse, and hath colloppes in his flancke. Job 15:28 Though he dwell in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, but are become heapes, Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof in the earth. Job 15:30 He shall neuer depart out of darkenesse: the flame shall drie vp his branches, and he shall goe away with the breath of his mouth. Job 15:31 He beleeueth not that he erreth in vanitie: therefore vanitie shalbe his change. Job 15:32 His branch shall not be greene, but shall be cut off before his day. Job 15:33 God shall destroy him as the vine her sower grape, and shall cast him off, as the oliue doeth her flowre. Job 15:34 For the congregation of the hypocrite shalbe desolate, and fire shall deuoure the houses of bribes. Job 15:35 For they conceiue mischiefe and bring foorth vanitie, and their bellie hath prepared deceite.