Job 15:1-35 NIV

Job 15:1-35 NIV [1] Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: [2] "Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind? [3] Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value? [4] But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. [5] Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty. [6] Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you. [7] "Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills? [8] Do you listen in on God's council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom? [9] What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have? [10] The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father. [11] Are God's consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you? [12] Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash, [13] so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth? [14] "What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous? [15] If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes, [16] how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt, who drink up evil like water! [17] "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen, [18] what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors [19] (to whom alone the land was given when no foreigners moved among them): [20] All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him. [21] Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him. [22] He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword. [23] He wanders about for food like a vulture; he knows the day of darkness is at hand. [24] Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack, [25] because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty, [26] defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield. [27] "Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh, [28] he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble. [29] He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land. [30] He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away. [31] Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. [32] Before his time he will wither, and his branches will not flourish. [33] He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms. [34] For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes. [35] They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."

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