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Job 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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

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