Eliphaz's Second Speech
If You Had Any Sense
1Eliphaz from Teman#15.1 Teman: See the note at 2.11. said:
* 2Job, if you had any sense,
3you would stop spreading
all of this hot air.
4Your words are enough
to make others turn from God
and lead them to doubt.
5And your sinful, scheming mind
is the source of all you say.
6I am not here as your judge;
your own words are witnesses
against you.
7Were you the first human?
Are you older than the hills?
8Have you ever been present
when God's council#15.8 God's council: The angels and others who gather to discuss matters with God (see 1.6; 2.1). meets?
Do you alone have wisdom?
9Do you know and understand
something we don't?
10We have the benefit of wisdom
older than your father.
11And you have been offered
comforting words from God.
Isn't this enough?
12Your emotions are out of control,
making you look fierce;
13that's why you attack God
with everything you say.
14 # Job 25.4-6 No human is pure and innocent,
15and neither are angels—
not in the sight of God.
If God doesn't trust his angels,
16what chance do humans have?
We are so terribly evil
that we thirst for sin.
Just Listen to What I Know
17Just listen to what I know,
and you will learn
18wisdom known by others
since ancient times.
19Those who gained such insights
also gained the land,
and they were not influenced
by foreign teachings.
20But suffering is in store
each day for those who sin.
21Even in times of success,
they constantly hear
the threat of doom.
22Darkness, despair, and death
are their destiny.
23They scrounge around for food,
all the while dreading
the approaching darkness.
24They are overcome with despair,
like frightened soldiers facing
a fearsome king in battle.
25This is because they rebelled
against God All-Powerful
26and have attacked him
with their weapons.
27They may be rich and fat,
28but they will live in the ruins
of deserted towns.
29Their property and wealth
will shrink and disappear.
30They won't escape the darkness,
and the blazing breath of God
will set their future aflame.
* 31They have put their trust
in something worthless;
now they will become worthless
32like a date palm tree
without a leaf.#15.32 leaf: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 32.
33Or like vineyards or orchards
whose blossoms and unripe fruit
drop to the ground.
34Yes, the godless and the greedy
will have nothing but flames
feasting on their homes,
35because they are the parents
of trouble and vicious lies.
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