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Eliphaz Rebukes Job

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded and said:

“Does a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
    or fill his belly with the east wind?
Does he argue with useless talk
    and words that have no value in them?
You even do away with reverence
    and hinder devotion before God.
For your iniquity prompts your mouth
    and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Your own mouth condemns you—not I;
    your own lips testify against you.

“Are you the first man to be born?
    Were you brought forth before the hills?
Do you listen in on God’s counsel?
    Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we do not understand?
10 Both gray-haired and aged are with us,
    men even older than your father.
11 Are the comforts of God too small for you,
    or a gentle word toward you?
12 Why has your heart carried you away
    and why do your eyes flash,
13 so that you turn your spirit against God
    and bring such words out of your mouth?

14 “What is man, that he could be pure,
    or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
15 If He puts no trust in His holy ones,
    if even the heavens are not pure in His eyes,
16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt,
    who drinks evil like water!

17 I will tell you; listen to me,
    and what I have seen I will declare,
18 what wise men have declared
    and did not hide from their ancestors,
19 to whom alone the land was given,
    when no foreigner passed among them:
20 All his days the wicked suffers torment,
    and numbered are the years stored up for the tyrant.
21 Terrifying sounds are in his ears;
    in a time of peace, marauders attack him.
22 He does not expect to escape from darkness;
    he is destined for the sword.
23 He wanders about for bread—‘Where is it?’
He knows that the day of darkness is at hand.
24 Distress and anguish terrify him;
    they overpower him like a king poised to attack,
25 for he raises his hand against God
    and flaunts himself against Shaddai,
26 defiantly rushing at Him
    with a thick, strong shield.
27 Because He covered his face with his fat
    and made his hips bulge with blubber,
28 he lived in ruined cities,
    in houses which no one inhabits,
    which are ready to crumble into heaps.
29 He will not become rich, and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 He will not escape from the darkness;
    a flame will wither his shoots,
and he will depart by the breath of His mouth.

31 “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
    for emptiness will be his reward.
32 Before his day it will be paid in full
    and his branch will not be green.
33 He will shake off his unripe grapes like a vine,
    and cast off his blossoms like an olive tree.
34 For the company of the godless is barren,
    and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief and bring forth evil
    and their belly prepares deception.”