2 “·A wise person would not [L Should a wise person…?] answer with ·empty [L windy] words or fill his stomach with the hot east wind. 3 ·He would not [L Should he…?] ·argue [reprimand; reprove] with useless words or make speeches that have no value. 4 But you even ·destroy [invalidate] ·respect for God [L fear] and limit the worship of him. 5 Your ·sin [iniquity] teaches your mouth what to say; you ·use words to trick others [L choose the tongue of the crafty]. 6 It is your own mouth, not mine, that ·shows you are wicked [condemns]; your own lips testify against you.
7 “·You are not [L Are you…?] the first man ever born [C perhaps a reference to Adam; Ezek. 28:12–13]; ·you are not [L are you…?] older than the hills [C either a reference to the wisdom of the elders or to wisdom personified as a woman; Prov. 8:22–25]. 8 ·You did not [L Did you…?] listen in on God’s secret council [C like a prophet]. But you limit wisdom to yourself. 9 ·You don’t [L Do you…?] know any more than we know. ·You don’t [L Do you…?] understand any more than we understand. 10 Old people with gray hair are on our side; they are even older than your father. 11 Is the ·comfort [consolation] God gives you not enough for you, even when words are spoken gently to you? 12 Has your heart ·carried you away from God [L taken you away; C perhaps suggesting that Job has lost control of his emotions]? Why do your eyes ·flash with anger [or wink]? 13 Why do you ·speak out your anger [L turn your spirit] against God? Why do these words pour out of your mouth?
14 “How can anyone be pure? How can someone born to a woman be ·good [righteous]? 15 God places no trust in his holy ones [C angels], and even the heavens are not pure in his eyes. 16 How much less pure is one who is ·terrible [abominable] and ·rotten [corrupt] and drinks up ·evil [injustice] as if it were water [Prov. 4:17–19]!
17 “Listen to me, and I will tell you about it; I will ·tell [recount to] you what I have seen. 18 These are things wise men have told; their ancestors told them, and they have hidden nothing. 19 (The land was given to their fathers only, and no ·foreigner [stranger] lived among them [C suggesting wisdom untainted by foreign influence].) 20 The wicked suffer pain all their lives; the cruel suffer during all the years saved up for them. 21 Terrible sounds ·fill [reach; L are in] their ears, and when things ·seem to be going well [are at peace], ·robbers [or destroyers] attack them. 22 Evil people ·give up trying [L cannot hope] to ·escape [L return] from the darkness; it has been decided that they will die by the sword. 23 They wander around ·and will become food for vultures [or for food, saying “Where is it?”]. They know [L a day of] darkness ·will soon come [L is prepared for them]. 24 ·Worry [Distress] and ·suffering [hardship] terrify them; they overwhelm them, like a king ready to attack, 25 because they ·shake their fists at [L stretched their hands against; Ex. 6:6; Deut. 4:34] God and ·try to get their own way against [defy] ·the Almighty [Shaddai]. 26 They ·stubbornly [defiantly] charge at God with ·thick, strong [L thick-bossed; C the boss is the convex centerpiece] shields.
27 “Although the faces of the wicked are thick with fat [C a sign of prosperity, but here the result of ill-gotten gain], and their ·bellies [or loins] are fat with ·flesh [blubber], 28 they will live in towns that are ruined, in houses where no one lives, ·which are crumbling into ruins [L destined to become a ruin heap]. 29 The wicked will no longer ·get [or be] rich, and the riches they have will not last [Ps. 73; Prov. 11:18; 13:11; 21:6; 22:16] the things they own will no longer spread over the land. 30 They will not ·escape [L turn aside from] the darkness. A flame will dry up their ·branches [shoots]; God’s breath will carry the wicked away.[a] 31 The wicked should not fool themselves by trusting what is useless. If they do, they will get nothing in return [C “useless” and “nothing” are the same Hebrew word]. 32 Their branches will dry up ·before they finish growing [L out of season] and will never turn green. 33 They will be like a vine whose grapes ·are pulled [shake] off before they are ripe, like an olive tree that ·loses [throws off] its blossoms. 34 ·People without God [L The assembly of the godless] ·can produce nothing [L are barren]. Fire will ·destroy [consume] the tents of those who take ·money to do evil [L bribes], 35 who ·plan [L conceive] trouble and give birth to evil, whose ·hearts [L womb] plan ways to ·trick [L defraud; Ps. 7:14; Is. 59:4] others.”
Job 15:30God’s breath will carry the wicked away Some Greek copies read “their blossom will be carried off by the wind.”
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