Job 15 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 15


Job 15:1

Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

Job 15:2

Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?

Job 15:3

Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Job 15:4

Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God.

Job 15:5

For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

Job 15:6

Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

Job 15:7

Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

Job 15:8

Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?

Job 15:9

What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is not in us?

Job 15:10

With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than thy father.

Job 15:11

Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is gentle toward thee?

Job 15:12

Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes flash,

Job 15:13

That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of thy mouth?

Job 15:14

What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Job 15:15

Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:

Job 15:16

How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water!

Job 15:17

I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare:

Job 15:18

(Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it;

Job 15:19

Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them):

Job 15:20

The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Job 15:21

A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

Job 15:22

He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword.

Job 15:23

He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where is it? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

Job 15:24

Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

Job 15:25

Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty;

Job 15:26

He runneth upon him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers;

Job 15:27

Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins;

Job 15:28

And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps;

Job 15:29

He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth.

Job 15:30

He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of [God’s] mouth shall he go away.

Job 15:31

Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense.

Job 15:32

It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green.

Job 15:33

He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree.

Job 15:34

For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

Job 15:35

They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepareth deceit.

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