Second Speech of Eliphaz
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 unprofitable talk? or with
speeches wherewith he can do no good?
15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer
15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou
choosest the tongue of the crafty.
15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine
own lips testify against thee.
15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou
made before the hills?
15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou
restrain wisdom to thyself?
15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what
understandest thou, which is not in us?
15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men,
much elder than thy father.
15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there
any secret thing with thee?
15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy
eyes wink at,
15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest
such words go out of thy 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 putteth 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
drinketh iniquity like water?
15:17 I will shew thee, 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 travaileth 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 believeth not that he shall return out of
darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?
he knoweth 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 stretcheth out his hand against God, and
strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
15:26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick
bosses of his bucklers:
15:27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and
maketh collops of fat on his flanks.
15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses
which no man inhabiteth, 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
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 prepareth deceit.