Job

Job 15 ©

1Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself: 17he proveth from tradition the disquietude of wicked men.

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THEN answered aEliphaz the Temanite, and said,

a ch. 2.11.
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bShould a wise man utter 1vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

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Should he reason with cunprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

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Yea, 2thou castest off fear, and restrainest 3prayer before God.

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For thy mouth 4uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

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Thine own mouth dcondemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

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Art thou ethe first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

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fHast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

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What gknowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

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With us are both hthe grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

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Are the iconsolations of God small with thee? is there any jsecret thing with thee?

j 1Ki. 22.24. v.9.
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Why doth thine kheart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,

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That thou lturnest thy spirit against God, and lettest msuch words go out of thy mouth?

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nWhat is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

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oBehold, he putteth no trust in his psaints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

p ch. 5.1.
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qHow much more abominable and filthy is man, which rdrinketh iniquity like water?

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I will sshew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

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Which wise men have ttold ufrom their fathers, and have not hid it:

t Is. 3.9.
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Unto vwhom alone the earth was given, and wno stranger passed among them.

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The wicked man xtravaileth with pain all his days, and the ynumber of years is hidden to the oppressor.

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5A dreadful sound is in his ears: zin prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

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He abelieveth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

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He bwandereth *abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he cknoweth that the day of darkness dis ready at his hand.

d ch. 18.12.
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eTrouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

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For he fstretcheth out his hand against God, gand strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

g ch. 9.4.
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He hrunneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick *bosses of his *bucklers:

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Because he icovereth his face with his fatness, and maketh *collops of fat on his flanks.

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And he dwelleth in jdesolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.

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He kshall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.

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He lshall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and mby the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

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Let not him that is deceived trust in nvanity: for ovanity shall be his recompence.

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It shall be 6accomplished before his time, and his pbranch shall not be green.

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He shall shake off his qunripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

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rFor the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume sthe *tabernacles of bribery.

r ch. 20.5; 27.8. Is. 33.14,15. Hab. 2.12. ch. 1.14-19.
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tThey conceive mischief, and bring forth 7vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.