Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded, F146
2 "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge
And R395 fill himself F147 with the east wind?
3 "Should he argue with useless talk,
Or with words which are not profitable?
4 "Indeed, you do away with reverence F148
And hinder meditation before God.
5 "For your R396 guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of the R397 crafty.
6 "Your own R398 mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.
7 "Were you the first man to be born,
Or were R399 you brought forth before the hills?
8 "Do you hear the secret R400 counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
9 "What R401 do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we F149 do not?
10 "Both the gray-haired R402 and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
11 "Are the R403 consolations of God too small for you,
Even the word R404 spoken gently with you?
12 "Why does your heart R405 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 he R406 should be pure,
Or he R407 who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 "Behold, He puts no trust in His holy R408 ones,
And the heavens R409 are not pure in His sight;
16 How much less one who is detestable R410 and corrupt,
Man, who drinks R411 iniquity like water!
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 their R412 fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
20 "The wicked man writhes in R413 pain all his days,
And numbered F150 are the years stored R414 up for the ruthless.
21 "Sounds F151 of terror R415 are in his ears;
While R416 at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22 "He does not believe that he will return R417 from darkness,
And he is destined for the R418 sword.
23 "He wanders about for food, saying, `Where is it?'
He knows that a day of darkness R419 is at F152 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 arrogantly R420 against the F153 Almighty.
26 "He rushes headlong F154 at Him
With his F155 massive shield.
27 "For he has covered R421 his face with his fat
And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28 "He has lived R422 in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become ruins. F156
29 "He will R423 not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30 "He will not R424 escape F157 from darkness;
The flame R425 will wither his shoots,
And by the R426 breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 "Let him not trust R427 in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For emptiness will be his reward. F158
32 "It will be accomplished before R428 his time,
And his palm branch R429 will not be green.
33 "He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will cast R430 off his flower like the olive tree.
34 "For the company of the R431 godless is barren,
And fire consumes the R432 tents of the F159 corrupt.
35 "They conceive R433 mischief F160 and bring forth iniquity,
And their mind F161 prepares deception."
F146: Lit answered and said
F147: Lit his belly
F148: Lit fear
F149: Lit is not within us?
F150: Lit the number of years are
F151: Lit A sound of terrors is
F152: Lit ready at his hand
F153: Hebrew Shaddai
F154: Lit with a stiff neck
F155: Lit the thick-bossed shields
F156: Or heaps
F157: Lit turn aside
F158: Lit exchange
F159: Lit a bribe
F160: Or pain
F161: Lit belly
R395: Job 1:6:26
R396: Job 1:22:5
R397: Job 1:5:12,13
R398: Job 1:18:7
R399: Job 1:38:4,21; Proverbs 8:25
R400: Job 1:29:4; Romans 11:34; 1 Corinthians 2:11
R401: Job 1:12:3; 13:2
R402: Job 1:12:12; 32:6,7
R403: Job 1:5:17-19; 36:15,16
R404: Job 1:6:10; 23:12
R405: Job 1:11:13; 36:13
R406: Job 1:14:4; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20
R407: Job 1:25:4
R408: Job 1:5:1
R409: Job 1:25:5
R410: Psalms 14:1
R411: Job 1:34:7; Proverbs 19:28
R412: Job 1:8:8; 20:4
R413: Job 1:15:24
R414: Job 1:24:1; 27:13
R415: Job 1:15:24; 18:11; 20:25; 24:17; 27:20
R416: Job 1:20:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
R417: Job 1:15:30
R418: Job 1:19:29; 27:14; 33:18; 36:12
R419: Job 1:15:22,30
R420: Job 1:36:9
R421: Psalms 73:7; 119:70
R422: Job 1:3:14; Isaiah 5:8,9
R423: Job 1:27:16,17
R424: Job 1:5:14; 15:22
R425: Job 1:15:34; 20:26; 22:20; 31:12
R426: Job 1:4:9
R427: Job 1:35:13; Isaiah 59:4
R428: Job 1:22:16; Ecclesiastes 7:17
R429: Job 1:18:16
R430: Job 1:14:2
R431: Job 1:8:13
R432: Job 1:8:22
R433: Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 59:4