Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: Job 15:2 Doth a wise man answer [with] vain knowledge? And fill [with] an east wind his belly? Job 15:3 To reason with a word not useful? And speechesno profit in them? Job 15:4 Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God. Job 15:5 For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile. Job 15:6 Thy mouth declareth thee wicked, and not I, And thy lips testify against thee. Job 15:7 The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed? Job 15:8 Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom? Job 15:9 What hast thou known, and we know not? Understandest thouand it is not with us? Job 15:10 Both the gray-headed And the very aged [are] among usGreater than thy father [in] days. Job 15:11 Too few for thee are the comforts of God? And a gentle word [is] with thee, Job 15:12 Whatdoth thine heart take thee away? And whatare thine eyes high? Job 15:13 For thou turnest against God thy spirit? And hast brought out words from thy mouth: Job 15:14 What [is] man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman? Job 15:15 Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes. Job 15:16 Alsosurely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I shew theehearken to meAnd this I have seen and declare: Job 15:18 Which the wise declareAnd have not hidfrom their fathers. Job 15:19 To them alone was the land given, And a stranger passed not over into their midst: Job 15:20 'All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one. Job 15:21 A fearful voice [is] in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him. Job 15:22 He believeth not to return from darkness, And watched [is] he for the sword. Job 15:23 He is wandering for bread'Where [is] it?' He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness. Job 15:24 Terrify him do adversity and distress, They prevail over him As a king ready for a boaster. Job 15:25 For he stretched out against God his hand, And against the Mighty he maketh himself mighty. Job 15:26 He runneth unto Him with a neck, With thick bosses of his shields. Job 15:27 For he hath covered his face with his fat, And maketh vigour over [his] confidence. Job 15:28 And he inhabiteth cities cut off, houses not dwelt in, That have been ready to become heaps. Job 15:29 He is not rich, nor doth his wealth rise, Nor doth he stretch out on earth their continuance. Job 15:30 He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth! Job 15:31 Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence. Job 15:32 Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green. Job 15:33 He shaketh off as a vine his unripe fruit, And casteth off as an olive his blossom. Job 15:34 For the company of the profane [is] gloomy, And fire hath consumed tents of bribery. Job 15:35 To conceive misery, and to bear iniquity, Even their heart doth prepare deceit.