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JOB ยท Chapter 15

15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
15:3 Should he reason with useless talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
15:4 Yea, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.
15:5 For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
15:6 your own mouth condemns you, and not I: yea, your own lips testify against you.
15:7 Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?
15:8 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself?
15:9 What know you, that we know not? what understand you, which is not in us?
15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than your father.
15:11 Are the consolations of God small with you? is there any secret thing with you?
15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? and what do your eyes overlook,
15:13 That you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15:15 Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?
15:17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
15:20 The wicked man labors with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
15:22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
15:23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
15:25 For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens himself against the Almighty.
15:26 He runs upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
15:27 Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes fatness on his flanks.
15:28 And he dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready to become heaps.
15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepares deceit.

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