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Job 15 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered [Job] and said,

“Should a wise man [such as you] utter such windy and vain knowledge [as we have just heard]
And fill himself with the east wind [of withering, parching, and violent accusations]?

“Should he rebuke and argue with useless talk?
Or with words in which there is no benefit?

“Indeed, you are doing away with fear,
And you are diminishing meditation before God.

“For your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose [to speak] the language of the crafty and cunning.

“Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
Yes, your own lips testify against you.

“Were you the first man to be born [the original wise man],
Or were you created before the hills?

“Do you hear the secret counsel of God,
And do you limit [the possession of] wisdom to yourself?

“What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not equally clear to us?
“Among us are both the gray-haired and the aged,
Older than your father.
“Are the consolations of God [as we have interpreted them to you] too trivial for you,
[Or] were we too gentle toward you [in our first speech] to be effective?
“Why does your heart carry you away [allowing you to be controlled by emotion]?
And why do your eyes flash [in anger or contempt],
That you should turn your spirit against God
And let such words [as you have spoken] go out of your mouth?
“What is man, that he should be pure and clean,
Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous and just?
“Behold, God puts no trust in His holy ones (angels);
Indeed, the heavens are not pure in His sight—
How much less [pure and clean is] the one who is repulsive and corrupt,
Man, who drinks unrighteousness and injustice like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

“I will tell you, listen to me;
And what I have seen I will also declare;
What wise men have [freely] told,
And have not hidden [anything passed on to them] from their fathers,
To whom alone the land was given,
And no stranger passed among them [corrupting the truth].
“The wicked man writhes with pain all his days,
And numbered are the years stored up for him, the ruthless one.
“A [dreadful] sound of terrors is in his ears;
While at peace and in a time of prosperity the destroyer comes upon him [the tent of the robber is not at peace].
“He does not believe that he will return out of the darkness [for fear of being murdered],
And he is destined for the sword [of God’s vengeance].
“He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that the day of darkness and destruction is already at hand.
“Distress and anxiety terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for battle.
“Because he has stretched out his hand against God
And behaves arrogantly against [a]the Almighty,
Running and charging headlong against Him
With his ornamented and massive shield;
For he has covered his face with his fat,
Adding layers of fat to his thighs [giving himself up to pleasures],
And he has lived in desolate [God-forsaken] cities,
In houses which no one should inhabit,
Which were destined to become heaps [of ruins];
He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend to the earth nor his possessions be extended on the earth.
“He will not escape from darkness [fleeing disaster];
The flame [of God’s wrath] will wither his branch,
And by the blast of His mouth he will go away.
“Let him not trust in vanity (emptiness, futility) and be led astray;
For emptiness will be his [b]reward [for such living].
“It will be fulfilled while he still lives,
And his branch will not be green [but shall wither away].
“He will fail to bring his grapes to maturity [leaving them to wither unnourished] on the vine,
And will cast off blossoms [and fail to bring forth fruit] like the olive tree.
“For the company of the godless is barren,
And fire consumes the tents of bribery (wrong and injustice).
“They conceive mischief and bring forth wickedness,
And their inmost soul prepares deceit and fraud.”


  1. Job 15:25 Heb Shaddai.
  2. Job 15:31 Lit exchange.
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Job 15 New International Version (NIV)


15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“Would a wise person answer with empty notions
    or fill their belly with the hot east wind?
Would they argue with useless words,
    with speeches that have no value?
But you even undermine piety
    and hinder devotion to God.
Your sin prompts your mouth;
    you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
Your own mouth condemns you, not mine;
    your own lips testify against you.

“Are you the first man ever born?
    Were you brought forth before the hills?
Do you listen in on God’s council?
    Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?
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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