Job 15

1Then Eliphaz from Teman answered Job: 2“Job, if you were really wise, you wouldn't answer with your worthless personal opinions! A wise man would not be so full of hot air. 3Do you think a wise man would argue with worthless words and with speeches that mean nothing? 4Job, if you had your way, no person would respect God and pray to him. 5The things you say clearly show your sin. Job, you are trying to hide your sin by using clever words. 6I don’t need to prove to you that you are wrong. Why? The things you say with your own mouth show that you are wrong. Your own lips speak against you. 7“Job, do you think you were the first person ever to be born? Were you born before the hills? 8Did you listen to God’s secret plans? Do you think you are the only wise person? 9Job, we know more than you do! We understand things that you don’t. 10The gray-haired men and the old people agree with us. Yes, even people older than your father are on our side. 11God tries to comfort you, but that is not enough for you. We have spoken God’s message to you in a gentle way. 12Job, why won’t you understand? Why can’t you see the truth? 13You are against God when you say these angry words. 14“A man can’t really be pure. A person can’t be more right than God! 15God doesn’t even trust his angels. Compared to God even the heavens are not pure. 16Man is even worse. Man is dirty and ruined. He drinks up evil like water. 17“Listen to me Job, and I will explain it to you. I will tell you what I know. 18I will tell you the things wise men have told me. The wise men’s ancestors told them these things. They didn’t hide any secrets from me. 19They alone lived in their country. There were no foreigners passing through. ˻So no person told them strange ideas.˼ 20˻These wise people said,˼ An evil person suffers all his life. A cruel person suffers all his numbered years. 21Every noise scares him. His enemy will attack him when he thinks he is safe. 22The evil person is very frustrated, and there is no hope for him to escape the darkness. There is a sword somewhere that is waiting to kill him. 23He wanders here and there, but his body will be food for the vultures. He knows that his death is very near. 24Worry and suffering make him afraid. These things attack him like a king ready to destroy him. 25Why? Because the evil person refuses to obey God— He shakes his fist at God, and tries to defeat God All-Powerful. 26That evil person is very stubborn. He tries to attack God with a thick, strong shield. 27“A person might be rich and fat 28but his town will be ruined, his home will be destroyed, his house will be empty. 29The evil person won’t be rich for long. His wealth won’t last. His crops won’t grow large. 30The evil person won’t escape the darkness. He will be like a tree whose leaves die from disease and a wind blows them all away. 31The evil person should not fool himself when he trusts worthless things. Why? He will get nothing. 32Before his life is over, the evil person will be old and dried up. He will be like a dried branch, never to be green again. 33The evil person will be like a vine that loses its grapes before they ripen. That person will be like an olive tree that loses its buds. 34Why? Because people without God have nothing. People who love money will have their homes destroyed by fire. 35Evil people are always planning ways to do evil and cause trouble. They are always planning ways to cheat people.”

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