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