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Job chapter 15

New International Version

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind? 3 Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value? 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. 5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you. 7 Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills? 8 Do you listen in on God's council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have? 10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father. 11 Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you? 12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth? 14 What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous? 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,
16 how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water! 17 Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen, 18 what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors 19 (to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them): 20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him. 21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him. 22 He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword. 23 He wanders about for food like a vulture; he knows the day of darkness is at hand. 24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack, 25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty,
26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield. 27 Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh, 28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble. 29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land. 30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away. 31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. 32 Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish. 33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms. 34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit.'
English Standard Version

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? 3 Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good? 4 But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God. 5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you. 7 “Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? 8 Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us? 10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father. 11 Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you? 12 Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash, 13 that you turn your spirit against God and bring such words out of your mouth? 14 What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous? 15 Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight; 16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks injustice like water! 17 “I will show you; hear me, and what I have seen I will declare 18 (what wise men have told, without hiding it from their fathers, 19 to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them). 20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. 21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him. 22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is marked for the sword. 23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; 24 distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle. 25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God and defies the Almighty, 26 running stubbornly against him with a thickly bossed shield; 27 because he has covered his face with his fat and gathered fat upon his waist 28 and has lived in desolate cities, in houses that none should inhabit, which were ready to become heaps of ruins; 29 he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the earth; 30 he will not depart from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his mouth he will depart. 31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment. 32 It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green. 33 He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine, and cast off his blossom like the olive tree. 34 For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribery. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil, and their womb prepares deceit.”
King James Version

1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee. 7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? 10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father. 11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth? 14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare; 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: 27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 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. 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
New American Standard Bible

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
2 'Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? 3 Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which do not benefit? 4 Indeed, you do away with reverence, And hinder meditation before God. 5 For your wrongdoing teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the cunning. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you. 7 'Were you the first person to be born, Or were you brought forth before the hills? 8 Do you hear the secret discussion of God, And limit wisdom to yourself? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not? 10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Older than your father. 11 Are the consolations of God too little for you, Or the word spoken gently to you? 12 Why does your heart take you away? And why do your eyes wink, 13 That you can turn your spirit against God And produce such words from your mouth? 14 What is man, that he would be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he would be righteous? 15 Behold, He has no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight; 16 How much less one who is detestable and corrupt: A person who drinks malice like water! 17 'I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare; 18 What wise people have told, And have not concealed from their fathers, 19 To whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them. 20 The wicked person writhes in pain all his days, And the years reserved for the ruthless are numbered. 21 Sounds of terror are in his ears; While he is at peace the destroyer comes upon him. 22 He does not believe that he will return from darkness, And he is destined for the sword. 23 He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that a day of darkness is at hand. 24 Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack, 25 Because he has reached out with his hand against God, And is arrogant toward the Almighty. 26 He rushes headlong at Him With his massive shield. 27 For he has covered his face with his fat, And put fat on his waist. 28 He has lived in desolate cities, In houses no one would inhabit, Which are destined to become ruins. 29 He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his property will not stretch out on the earth. 30 He will not escape from darkness; The flame will dry up his shoot, And he will go away by the breath of His mouth. 31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For his reward will be emptiness. 32 It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green. 33 He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will cast off his flower like the olive tree. 34 For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt. 35 They conceive harm and give birth to wrongdoing, And their mind prepares deception.'
New Living Translation

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 'A wise man wouldn't answer with such empty talk! You are nothing but a windbag. 3 The wise don't engage in empty chatter. What good are such words? 4 Have you no fear of God, no reverence for him? 5 Your sins are telling your mouth what to say. Your words are based on clever deception. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not I. Your own lips testify against you.
7 'Were you the first person ever born? Were you born before the hills were made? 8 Were you listening at God's secret council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom? 9 What do you know that we don't? What do you understand that we do not? 10 On our side are aged, gray-haired men much older than your father!
11 'Is God's comfort too little for you? Is his gentle word not enough? 12 What has taken away your reason? What has weakened your vision, 13 that you turn against God and say all these evil things? 14 Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just? 15 Look, God does not even trust the angels. Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in his sight. 16 How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person with a thirst for wickedness!
17 'If you will listen, I will show you. I will answer you from my own experience. 18 And it is confirmed by the reports of wise men who have heard the same thing from their fathers-- 19 from those to whom the land was given long before any foreigners arrived.
20 'The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives. Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless. 21 The sound of terror rings in their ears, and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer. 22 They dare not go out into the darkness for fear they will be murdered. 23 They wander around, saying, 'Where can I find bread?' They know their day of destruction is near. 24 That dark day terrifies them. They live in distress and anguish, like a king preparing for battle. 25 For they shake their fists at God, defying the Almighty. 26 Holding their strong shields, they defiantly charge against him.
27 'These wicked people are heavy and prosperous; their waists bulge with fat. 28 But their cities will be ruined. They will live in abandoned houses that are ready to tumble down. 29 Their riches will not last, and their wealth will not endure. Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon.
30 'They will not escape the darkness. The burning sun will wither their shoots, and the breath of God will destroy them. 31 Let them no longer fool themselves by trusting in empty riches, for emptiness will be their only reward. 32 Like trees, they will be cut down in the prime of life; their branches will never again be green. 33 They will be like a vine whose grapes are harvested too early, like an olive tree that loses its blossoms before the fruit can form. 34 For the godless are barren. Their homes, enriched through bribery, will burn. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil. Their womb produces deceit.'
Christian Standard Bible

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill himself with the hot east wind? 3 Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose? 4 But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before him. 5 Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, not I; your own lips testify against you. 7 Were you the first human ever born, or were you brought forth before the hills? 8 Do you listen in on the council of God, or have a monopoly on wisdom? 9 What do you know that we don't? What do you understand that is not clear to us? 10 Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us-- older than your father. 11 Are God's consolations not enough for you, even the words that deal gently with you? 12 Why has your heart misled you, and why do your eyes flash
13 as you turn your anger against God and allow such words to leave your mouth? 14 What is a mere human, that he should be pure, or one born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 If God puts no trust in his holy ones and the heavens are not pure in his sight,
16 how much less one who is revolting and corrupt, who drinks injustice like water? 17 Listen to me and I will inform you. I will describe what I have seen, 18 what the wise have declared and not concealed, that came from their ancestors, 19 to whom alone the land was given when no foreigner passed among them. 20 A wicked person writhes in pain all his days, throughout the number of years reserved for the ruthless. 21 Dreadful sounds fill his ears; when he is at peace, a robber attacks him. 22 He doesn't believe he will return from darkness; he is destined for the sword. 23 He wanders about for food, asking, "Where is it? " He knows the day of darkness is at hand. 24 Trouble and distress terrify him, overwhelming him like a king prepared for battle. 25 For he has stretched out his hand against God and has arrogantly opposed the Almighty. 26 He rushes headlong at him with his thick, studded shields. 27 Though his face is covered with fat and his waistline bulges with it, 28 he will dwell in ruined cities, in abandoned houses destined to become piles of rubble. 29 He will no longer be rich; his wealth will not endure. His possessions will not increase in the land. 30 He will not escape from the darkness; flames will wither his shoots, and by the breath of God's mouth, he will depart. 31 Let him not put trust in worthless things, being led astray, for what he gets in exchange will prove worthless. 32 It will be accomplished before his time, and his branch will not flourish. 33 He will be like a vine that drops its unripe grapes and like an olive tree that sheds its blossoms. 34 For the company of the godless will have no children, and fire will consume the tents of those who offer bribes. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb prepares deception.

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