||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 15 [Commentary] |
||Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
||"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
And fill himself with the east wind?
||"Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which are not profitable?
||"Indeed, you do away with reverence
And hinder meditation before God.
||"For your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of the crafty.
||"Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.
||"Were you the first man to be born,
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
||"Do you hear the secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
||"What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we do not?
||"Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
||"Are the consolations of God too small for you,
Even the word spoken gently with you?
||"Why does your heart carry you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
||That you should turn your spirit against God
And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
||"What is man, that he should be pure,
Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
||"Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones,
And the heavens are not pure in His sight;
||How much less one who is detestable and corrupt,
Man, who drinks iniquity like water!
||"I will tell you, listen to me;
And what I have seen I will also declare;
||What wise men have told,
And have not concealed from their fathers,
||To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
||"The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,
And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.
||"Sounds of terror are in his ears;
While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
||"He does not believe that he will return from darkness,
And he is destined for the sword.
||"He wanders about for food, saying, `Where is it?'
He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.
||"Distress and anguish terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
||Because he has stretched out his hand against God
And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.
||"He rushes headlong at Him
With his massive shield.
||"For he has covered his face with his fat
And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
||"He has lived in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become ruins.
||"He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
||"He will not escape from darkness;
The flame will wither his shoots,
And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
||"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For emptiness will be his reward.
||"It will be accomplished before his time,
And his palm branch will not be green.
||"He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.
||"For the company of the godless is barren,
And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.
||"They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their mind prepares deception."
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