Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Then responded Eliphaz the Temanite, and said: Job 15:2 Should, a wise man, answer unreal knowledge? or fill, with the east wind, his inner man? Job 15:3 Disputing with discourse that doth no good, or with speech, wherein is no profit? Job 15:4 But, thou, wouldst take away reverence, and wouldst attain unto meditation before GOD. Job 15:5 For thine own mouth would teach thine iniquity, and thou wouldst choose the tongue of the crafty. Job 15:6 Thine own mouth shall condemn thee, and, not I, And, thine own lips, shall testify against thee. Job 15:7 The first of mankind, wast thou born? Or, before the hills, wast thou brought forth? Job 15:8 In the secret council of GOD, hast thou been wont to hearken? Or canst thou attain for thyself unto wisdom? Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? [What] understandest thou, and the same, is not with us? Job 15:10 Both hoary and venerable, are among us, one mightier than thy father in days! Job 15:11 Too small for thee, are the consolations of GOD? or a word spoken gently with thee? Job 15:12 How doth thine own heart carry thee away, and how thine eyes do roll! Job 15:13 For thy spirit, replieth against GOD, and thou bringest forthout of thy mouthwords! Job 15:14 What is a mortal, that he should be pure? or that righteous should be one born of a woman? Job 15:15 Lo! in his holy ones, he putteth not confidence, and, the heavens, are not pure in his eyes: Job 15:16 How much less when one is detested and corrupt, a man who drinketh inlike waterperversity.
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I will tell theehear me, Since this I have seen, I must needs declare it. Job 15:18 Which, wise men, tell, and deny not [that which is] from their fathers. Job 15:19 To them alone, was the earth given, and no alien passed through their midst: Job 15:20 All the days of the lawless man, he, doth writhe with pain, and, the number of years, is hidden from the tyrant; Job 15:21 A noise of dreadful things, is in his ears, In prosperity, the destroyer cometh upon him; Job 15:22 He hath no confidence to come back out of darkness, he, being destined to the power oft the sword; Job 15:23 A wanderer, he, for bread, [saying] Where [is it]? He knoweth that, prepared by his own hand, is the day of darkness; Job 15:24 Distress and anguish shall startle him, It shall overpower him, like a king ready for the onset: Job 15:25 Because he had stretched outagainst GODhis hand, and, against the Almighty, had been wont to behave himself proudly; Job 15:26 He used to run against him with uplifted neck, with the stout bosses of his bucklers; Job 15:27 For he had covered his face with his fatness, and had gathered a superabundance on his loins; Job 15:28 And had inhabited demolished cities, houses, wherein men would not dwell, that were destined to become heaps. Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, nor shall his substance continue, neither shall their shadow stretch along on the earth; Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness, his young branch, shall the flame dry up, and he shall depart, by the breath of his own mouth! Job 15:31 Let no one trust in him thatby vanityis deceived, for, vanity, shall be his recompense; Job 15:32 Before his day, shall it be accomplished, with, his palm-top, not covered with leaves; Job 15:33 He shall wronglike a vinehis sour grapes, and shall cast offas an olive-treehis blossom. Job 15:34 For, the family of the impious, is unfruitful, and, a fire, hath devoured the tents of bribery; Job 15:35 Conceiving mischief, and bringing forth iniquity, yea, their inmost soul, prepareth deceit.