THE BOOK OF
Job 15 ©
Eliphaz charges Job of vanity, v. 1, etc. Of impiety, 4. Of presumption in his discourses, 7. Against his friends, 9. Yea, against God Himself, 11. Because he stood upon his own righteousness, 14. He proves against Job, out of experience, and the testimony of the wise forefathers, 17. That God punishes the wicked, 20. For their wicked doings, 25. Wherein they perish, 29.
THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
Should a 1wise man utter 2vain knowledge, and fill his 3belly with the 4east wind?
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
Yea, thou castest off 5fear, and 6restrainest 7prayer before God.
For 8thy mouth 9uttereth 10thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
Art thou 11the first man that was born? or wast thou 12made before 13the hills?
Hasta thou 14heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom 15to thyself?
What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
Withb us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, 16much elder than thy father.
Are the 17consolations of God 18small with thee? 19is there any secret thing with thee?
Why doth thine heart 20carry thee away? and 21what do thy eyes wink at,
That thou turnest 22thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
Whatc23is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Behold,d24he putteth no trust in his 25saints; yea,e the 26heavens are not clean in his sight.
How much more abominable and filthy is 27man, which drinketh 28iniquity like water?
I will 29shew thee, hear me; 30and that which I have seen I will declare;
Which wise men have told from 31their fathers, and have not hid it:
Unto whom alone the earth 32was given, and 33no stranger passed among them.
The wicked man 34travaileth with pain 35all his days, and 36the number of years is 37hidden to the oppressor.
A 38dreadful sound is in his ears: inf39prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
He believeth not that he shall return out of 40darkness, 41and he is waited for of the sword.
42He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth 43thatg44the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall 45prevail against him, as a king ready to the 46battle.
For 47he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the 48Almighty.
He runneth upon 49him, even on his 50neck, upon 51the thick bossesh of his bucklers:
Because he covereth 52his face with his fatness, and maketh collopsi of fat on his 53flanks.
And he dwelleth in desolate 54cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
He shall not be 55rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong 56the perfection thereof upon the earth.
He shall not depart out of 57darkness; the 58flame shall dry up his branches, and 59by the breathj of his mouth shall he 60go away.
Let not him that is deceived trust in 61vanity: for 62vanity shall be his 63recompence.
It 64shall be accomplished before 65hisk time, and his branch shall not be green.
66He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
For the congregation of 67hypocrites shall be desolate, and 68fire shall consume the 69tabernacles of bribery.
70Theyl conceive mischief, and bring forth 71vanity, and their 72belly prepareth deceit.