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Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite Iresponded,
  2 “Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
  aAnd fill Ihimself with the east wind?
  3 “Should he argue with useless talk,
  Or with words which are not profitable?
  4 “Indeed, you do away with Ireverence
  And hinder meditation before God.
  5 “For ayour guilt teaches your mouth,
  And you choose the language of bthe crafty.
  6 “Your aown mouth condemns you, and not I;
  And your own lips testify against you.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] ILit his belly aJb 6:26
[4] ILit fear
[5] aJb 22:5 bJb 5:12, 13
[6] aJb 18:7

  7 ¶ “Were you the first man to be born,
  Or awere you brought forth before the hills?
  8 “Do you hear the asecret counsel of God,
  And limit wisdom to yourself?
  9aWhat do you know that we do not know?
  [What] do you understand that Iwe do not?
  10 “Both the agray-haired and the aged are among us,
  Older than your father.
  11 “Are athe consolations of God too small for you,
  Even the bword [spoken] gently with you?
  12 “Why does your aheart carry you away?
  And why do your eyes flash,
  13 That you should turn your spirit against God
  And allow [such] words to go out of your mouth?
  14 “What is man, that ahe should be pure,
  Or bhe who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
  15 “Behold, He puts no trust in His aholy ones,
  And the bheavens are not pure in His sight;
  16 How much less one who is adetestable and corrupt,
  Man, who bdrinks iniquity like water!

[7] aJb 38:4, 21; Pv 8:25
[8] aJb 29:4; Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:11
[9] ILit is not within us? aJb 12:3; 13:2
[10] aJb 12:12; 32:6, 7
[11] aJb 5:17-19; 36:15, 16 bJb 6:10; 23:12
[12] aJb 11:13; 36:13
[14] aJb 14:4; Pv 20:9; Ec 7:20 bJb 25:4
[15] aJb 5:1 bJb 25:5
[16] aPs 14:1 bJb 34:7; Pv 19:28

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

  17 ¶ “I will tell you, listen to me;
  And what I have seen I will also declare;
  18 What wise men have told,
  And have not concealed from atheir fathers,
  19 To whom alone the land was given,
  And no alien passed among them.
  20 “The wicked man writhes ain pain all [his] days,
  And Inumbered are the years bstored up for the ruthless.
  21ISounds of aterror are in his ears;
  bWhile at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
  22 “He does not believe that he will areturn from darkness,
  And he is destined for bthe sword.
  23 “He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’
  He knows that a day of adarkness is Iat hand.
  24 “Distress and anguish terrify him,
  They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
  25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God
  And conducts himself aarrogantly against Ithe Almighty.
  26 “He rushes Iheadlong at Him
  With IIhis massive shield.
  27 “For he has acovered his face with his fat
  And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
  28 “He has alived in desolate cities,
  In houses no one would inhabit,
  Which are destined to become Iruins.
  29 “He awill not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
  And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
  30 “He will anot Iescape from darkness;
  The bflame will wither his shoots,
  And by cthe breath of His mouth he will go away.
  31 “Let him not atrust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
  For emptiness will be his Ireward.
  32 “It will be accomplished abefore his time,
  And his palm bbranch will not be green.
  33 “He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
  And will acast off his flower like the olive tree.
  34 “For the company of athe godless is barren,
  And fire consumes bthe tents of Ithe corrupt.
  35 “They aconceive Imischief and bring forth iniquity,
  And their IImind prepares deception.”

[18] aJb 8:8; 20:4
[20] ILit the number of years are aJb 15:24 bJb 24:1; 27:13
[21] ILit A sound of terrors is aJb 15:24; 18:11; 20:25; 24:17; 27:20 bJb 20:21; 1Th 5:3
[22] aJb 15:30 bJb 19:29; 27:14; 33:18; 36:12
[23] ILit ready at his hand aJb 15:22, 30
[25] IHeb Shaddai aJb 36:9
[26] ILit with a stiff neck IILit the thick-bossed shields
[27] aPs 73:7; 119:70
[28] IOr heaps aJb 3:14; Is 5:8, 9
[29] aJb 27:16, 17
[30] ILit turn aside aJb 5:14; 15:22 bJb 15:34; 20:26; 22:20; 31:12 cJb 4:9
[31] ILit exchange aJb 35:13; Is 59:4
[32] aJb 22:16; Ec 7:17 bJb 18:16
[33] aJb 14:2
[34] ILit a bribe aJb 8:13 bJb 8:22
[35] IOr pain IILit belly aPs 7:14; Is 59:4


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Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.

1 ¶ Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee. 7 [Art] thou the first man [that] was born? or wast thou made before the hills? 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9 What knowest thou, that we know not? [what] understandest thou, which [is] not in us? 10 With us [are] both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father. 11 [Are] the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest [such] words go out of thy mouth? 14 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

[1] Jb 2:11; 4:1; 22:1; 42:7, 9.
[2] Jb 6:26; 8:2; 11:2; 13:2; Ho 12:1; Jm 3:13.
[3] Jb 13:4; 16:2; 26:1; Mal 3:13; Mt 12:36; Col 4:6; 1Ti 6:4.
[4] 1Ch 10:13; Jb 4:5; 5:8; 6:14; 27:10; Ps 36:1; 119:126; Ho 7:14; Am 6:10; Zp 1:6; Lk 18:1; Ro 3:31; Ga 2:21.
[5] Jb 9:22; 12:6; Ps 50:19; 52:2; 64:3; 120:2; Jr 9:3, 8; Mk 7:21; Lk 6:45; Jm 1:26; 3:5.
[6] Jb 9:20; 33:8; 34:5; 35:2; 40:8; 42:3; Ps 64:8; Mt 12:37; 26:65; Lk 19:22.
[7] Gn 4:1; Jb 12:12; 15:10; 38:4; Ps 90:2; Pv 8:22.
[8] Dt 29:29; Jb 11:6; 12:2; 13:5; Ps 25:14; Pv 3:32; Jr 23:18; Am 3:7; Mt 11:25; 13:11, 35; Jn 15:15; Ro 11:34; 16:25; 1Co 2:9, 16.
[9] Jb 13:2; 26:3; 2Co 10:7; 11:5, 21.
[10] Dt 32:7; Jb 8:8; 12:20; 32:6; Pv 16:31.
[11] 1K 22:24; Jb 5:8; 11:13; 13:2; 15:8; 2Co 1:3; 7:6.
[12] Jb 17:2; Ps 35:19; Pv 6:13; Ec 11:9; Mk 7:21; Ac 5:3; 8:22; Jm 1:14.
[13] Jb 9:4; 10:3; 12:6; 15:25; Ps 34:13; Mal 3:13; Ro 8:7; Jm 1:26; 3:2.
[14] 1K 8:46; 2Ch 6:36; Jb 9:2; 14:4; 25:4; Ps 14:3; 51:5; Pv 20:9; Ec 7:20, 29; Jn 3:6; Ro 7:18; Ga 3:22; Ep 2:2; 1Jn 1:8.
[15] Jb 4:18; 25:5; Is 6:2.
[16] Jb 4:19; 20:12; 34:7; 42:6; Ps 14:1; 53:3; Pv 19:28; Ro 1:28; 3:9; Tit 3:3.

He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.

17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that [which] I have seen I will declare; 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid [it]: 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21 A dreadful sound [is] in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where [is it]? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 26 He runneth upon him, [even] on [his] neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: 27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on [his] flanks. 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 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. 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites [shall be] desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

[17] Jb 5:27; 13:5; 33:1; 34:2; 36:2.
[18] Jb 8:8; 15:10; Ps 71:18; 78:3; Is 38:19.
[19] Gn 10:25, 32; Dt 32:8; Jol 3:17.
[20] Ps 90:3, 12; Ec 9:3; Lk 12:19; Ro 8:22; Jm 5:1.
[21] Gn 3:9; Lv 26:36; 1S 25:36; 2K 7:6; Jb 1:13; 18:11; 20:5, 22; Ps 73:18; 92:7; Pv 1:26; Ac 12:21; 1Co 10:10; 1Th 5:3; Rv 9:11.
[22] 2K 6:33; Jb 6:11; 9:16; 20:24; Is 8:21; Mt 27:5.
[23] Gn 4:12; Jb 18:5, 12, 18; 30:3; Ps 59:15; 109:10; Ec 11:8; Lm 5:6, 9; Jol 2:2; Am 5:20; Zp 1:15; He 10:27; 11:37.
[24] Jb 6:2; Ps 119:143; Pv 1:27; 6:11; 24:34; Is 13:3; Mt 26:37; Ro 2:9.
[25] Ex 5:2; 9:17; Lv 26:23; 1S 4:7; 6:6; Jb 9:4; 40:9; Ps 52:7; 73:9, 11; Is 8:9; 10:12; 27:4; 41:4; Dn 5:23; Mal 3:13; Ac 9:5; 12:1, 23.
[26] Gn 49:8; 2Ch 28:22; 32:13; Jb 16:12; Ps 18:40.
[27] Dt 32:15; Jb 17:10; Ps 17:10; 73:7; 78:31; Is 6:10; Jr 5:28.
[28] Jb 3:14; 18:15; Is 5:8; Jr 9:11; 26:18; 51:37; Mi 3:12; 7:18.
[29] Jb 20:22; 22:15; 27:16; Ps 49:16; Lk 12:19; 16:2, 19; Jm 1:11; 5:1.
[30] Jb 4:9; 10:21; 15:22; 18:5, 18; 20:26; Is 11:4; 30:33; Ezk 15:4; 20:47; Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:41; Mk 9:43; 2Th 1:8; 2P 2:17; Jde 1:13; Rv 19:15.
[31] Jb 4:8; 12:16; Ps 62:10; Pv 22:8; Is 17:10; 44:20; 59:4; Ho 8:7; Jna 2:8; Ga 6:3, 7, 8; Ep 5:6.
[32] Jb 8:16; 14:7; 18:16; 22:16; Ps 52:5; 55:23; Ec 7:17; Is 27:11; Ezk 17:8; Ho 9:16; 14:5; Jn 15:6.
[33] Dt 28:39; Is 33:9; Rv 6:13.
[34] 1S 8:3; 12:3; Jb 8:13; 11:14; 12:6; 20:1; 22:5; 27:8; 29:12; 36:13; Is 33:14; Am 5:11; Mi 7:2; Mt 24:51.
[35] Ps 7:14; Is 59:4; Ho 10:13; Ga 6:7; Jm 1:15.


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