Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then answered Eliphas the Themanite, and said: Job 15:2 Shal a wyse mans answer be the scyence of the wynde, and fil any mans Bely as it were with the wynde of the east? Job 15:3 Shal he reproue wt a word, that is nothyng worth: and speake the thinges, which can do no good? Job 15:4 As for shame, thou hast sett it asyde, elles woldest thou not make so many wordes before God: Job 15:5 but thy wyckednesse teacheth thy mouth, and so thou hast chosen the a craftye tonge. Job 15:6 Thyne awne mouth condempneth the, and not I: yee, thyne awne lyppes shape an answer agaynst the. Job 15:7 Art thou the fyrste man, that euer was borne? Or, wast thou made before the hylles? Job 15:8 hast thou hearde the secrete councell of God, that all wysdome is to lytle for the? Job 15:9 What knowest thou, þt we knowe not? And what vnderstandest thou, but we can the same? Job 15:10 With vs are both olde and aged men, yee, soch as haue lyued longer then thy father. Job 15:11 Thynckest thou it a small thynge of the consolacyons of God? with the is a lyenge word. Job 15:12 Why doth thyne hert so be wytch the? And wherfore wynckest thou wyth thyne eyes, Job 15:13 that thy mynde is so puft vp agaynst God, and lettest soch wordes go oute of thy mouth? Job 15:14 What is man, þt he shulde be cleane? what hath he (which is borne of a woman) wherby he myght be righteous? Job 15:15 Behold, he doth not trust hys saynctes: yee, the very heauens are not cleane in hys syght. Job 15:16 Howe moch more then an abhomynable and vyle man, which drincketh wickednesse lyke water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I wyll tell the, heare me: and I wyll shewe the that I haue sene: Job 15:18 which wyse men haue tolde, and hath not bene hyd from their fathers Job 15:19 vnto whom onely the earthe was geuen, and no straunger went amonge them. Job 15:20 The vngodly soroweth all the dayes of hys lyfe as it were a woman with a childe, and the nombre of a tyrauntes yeares is vnknowne. Job 15:21 A fearfull sounde is euer in hys eares, and when it is peace, yet feareth he destruccyon. Job 15:22 He beleueth neuer to be delyuered oute of darckenes, for the swearde is alwaye before hys eyes. Job 15:23 When he goeth forth to get his lyuying, he seeth plainely, that the daye of darcknesse is at hande. Job 15:24 Sorowe and carefulnesse wyll make hym afrayed, and compasse hym rounde aboute, lyke as it were a kynge with hys hoost ready to the batayll. Job 15:25 For he hath stretched out hys hande agaynst God, and armed hym selfe agaynst the almyghtye, Job 15:26 He runneth proudly vpon hym, and with a styff necke fyghteth he agaynst hym: Job 15:27 where as he couereth hys face with fatnesse, and maketh hys body well lykynge. Job 15:28 Therfore shall hys dwellynge be in desolate cyties, and in houses which no man inhabyteth, but are become heapes of stones. Job 15:29 He shall not be riche, nether shall hys substaunce contynue, ner encrease vpon earthe. Job 15:30 He shall neuer come oute of darcknesse, the flame shall drye vp hys braunches: with the blast of the mouth of God shall he be taken awaye. Job 15:31 He beleueth not that he is in vanyte, and yet he is out of the waye, and vanyte shalbe hys recompence. Job 15:32 He shall perysh, afore hys tyme be worne out, and hys braunche shall not be grene. Job 15:33 He shalbe pluckt of as an vntymely grape from the vyne, & shall lett his floure fall, as the olyue doth. Job 15:34 For the congregacyyon of ypocrites shalbe desolate and vnfrutefull, and þe fyre shall consume þe houses of soch as are gredy to receaue giftes. Job 15:35 He conceaueth trauayle, and beareth vanyte, and theyr bodye bryngeth forth disceate.