Eliphaz Rebukes Job
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded and said:
2“Does a wise man answer with empty knowledge, or fill his belly with the east wind?
3Does he argue with useless talk and words that have no value in them?
4You even do away with reverence and hinder devotion before God.
5For your iniquity prompts your mouth and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6Your own mouth condemns you—not I; your own lips testify against you.
7“Are you the first man to be born? Were you brought forth before the hills?
8Do you listen in on God’s counsel? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not understand?
10Both gray-haired and aged are with us, men even older than your father.
11Are the comforts of God too small for you, or a gentle word toward you?
12Why has your heart carried you away and why do your eyes flash,
13so that you turn your spirit against God and bring such words out of your mouth?
14“What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?
15If He puts no trust in His holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in His eyes,
16how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks evil like water!
17I will tell you; listen to me, and what I have seen I will declare,
18what wise men have declared and did not hide from their ancestors,
19to whom alone the land was given, when no foreigner passed among them:
20All his days the wicked suffers torment, and numbered are the years stored up for the tyrant.
21Terrifying sounds are in his ears; in a time of peace, marauders attack him.
22He does not expect to escape from darkness; he is destined for the sword.
23He wanders about for bread— ‘Where is it?’ He knows that the day of darkness is at hand.
24Distress and anguish terrify him; they overpower him like a king poised to attack,
25for he raises his hand against God and flaunts himself against Shaddai,
26defiantly rushing at Him with a thick, strong shield.
27Because He covered his face with his fat and made his hips bulge with blubber,
28he lived in ruined cities, in houses which no one inhabits, which are ready to crumble into heaps.
29He will not become rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30He will not escape from the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and he will depart by the breath of His mouth.
31“Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness will be his reward.
32Before his day it will be paid in full and his branch will not be green.
33He will shake off his unripe grapes like a vine, and cast off his blossoms like an olive tree.
34For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35They conceive mischief and bring forth evil and their belly prepares deception.”