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."

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