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Job 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God

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

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