Job, Chapter 15

15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
15:2 Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?
15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches by which he can do no good?
15:4 Yes, you do away with fear, And hinder devotion before God.
15:5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
15:6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.
15:7 Are you the first of man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
15:8 Have you heard the secret counsel of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
15:9 What do you know, that we don't know? What do you understand, which is not in us?
15:10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much older than your father.
15:11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word that is gentle toward you?
15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,
15:13 That against God you turn your spirit, And let words go out of your mouth?
15:14 What is common man, that he should be clean? And he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15 Look, he puts no trust in his holy ones; Yes, the heavens are not clean in his eyes:
15:16 How much less one who is disgusting and corrupt, A man who drinks iniquity like water!
15:17 I will show you, hear me; And that which I have seen I will declare:
15:18 (Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it;
15:19 To whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them):
15:20 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
15:21 A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
15:22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, And he is destined for the sword.
15:23 He is destined for bread, as bread for vultures. He knows that he is ready for destruction.
15:24 The day of darkness terrifies him, distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
15:25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God, And behaves himself proudly against the Almighty;
15:26 He runs on him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers;
15:27 Because he has covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat on his loins;
15:28 And he has stayed in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps;
15:29 He will not be rich, neither will his substance continue, Neither will their possessions be extended on the earth.
15:30 He will not depart out of darkness; The flame will dry up his branches, And by the breath of [God's] mouth he will go away.
15:31 Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity will be his recompense.
15:32 It will be accomplished before his time, And his branch will not be green.
15:33 He will shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And will cast off his flower as the olive tree.
15:34 For the company of the godless will be barren, And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
15:35 They are pregnant with mischief, and give birth to iniquity, And their heart prepares deceit.

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