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Job 14 - 15

14‘A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble,
2   comes up like a flower and withers,
   flees like a shadow and does not last.
3 Do you fix your eyes on such a one?
   Do you bring me into judgement with you?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
   No one can.
5 Since their days are determined,
   and the number of their months is known to you,
   and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass,
6 look away from them, and desist,*
   that they may enjoy, like labourers, their days.


7 ‘For there is hope for a tree,
   if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
   and that its shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root grows old in the earth,
   and its stump dies in the ground,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
   and put forth branches like a young plant.
10 But mortals die, and are laid low;
   humans expire, and where are they?
11 As waters fail from a lake,
   and a river wastes away and dries up,
12 so mortals lie down and do not rise again;
   until the heavens are no more, they will not awake
   or be roused out of their sleep.
13 O that you would hide me in Sheol,
   that you would conceal me until your wrath is past,
   that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If mortals die, will they live again?
   All the days of my service I would wait
   until my release should come.
15 You would call, and I would answer you;
   you would long for the work of your hands.
16 For then you would not* number my steps,
   you would not keep watch over my sin;
17 my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
   and you would cover over my iniquity.


18 ‘But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
   and the rock is removed from its place;
19 the waters wear away the stones;
   the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
   so you destroy the hope of mortals.
20 You prevail for ever against them, and they pass away;
   you change their countenance, and send them away.
21 Their children come to honour, and they do not know it;
   they are brought low, and it goes unnoticed.
22 They feel only the pain of their own bodies,
   and mourn only for themselves.’

Eliphaz Speaks: Job Undermines Religion

15Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2 ‘Should the wise answer with windy knowledge,
   and fill themselves with the east wind?
3 Should they argue in unprofitable talk,
   or in words with which they can do no good?
4 But you are doing away with the fear of God,
   and hindering meditation before God.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
   and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
   your own lips testify against you.


7 ‘Are you the firstborn of the human race?
   Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Have you listened in the council of God?
   And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 What do you know that we do not know?
   What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10 The grey-haired and the aged are on our side,
   those older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for you,
   or the word that deals gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away,
   and why do your eyes flash,*
13 so that you turn your spirit against God,
   and let such words go out of your mouth?
14 What are mortals, that they can be clean?
   Or those born of woman, that they can be righteous?
15 God puts no trust even in his holy ones,
   and the heavens are not clean in his sight;
16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt,
   one who drinks iniquity like water!


17 ‘I will show you; listen to me;
   what I have seen I will declare—
18 what sages have told,
   and their ancestors have not hidden,
19 to whom alone the land was given,
   and no stranger passed among them.
20 The wicked writhe in pain all their days,
   through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
21 Terrifying sounds are in their ears;
   in prosperity the destroyer will come upon them.
22 They despair of returning from darkness,
   and they are destined for the sword.
23 They wander abroad for bread, saying, “Where is it?”
   They know that a day of darkness is ready at hand;
24 distress and anguish terrify them;
   they prevail against them, like a king prepared for battle.
25 Because they stretched out their hands against God,
   and bid defiance to the Almighty,*
26 running stubbornly against him
   with a thick-bossed shield;
27 because they have covered their faces with their fat,
   and gathered fat upon their loins,
28 they will live in desolate cities,
   in houses that no one should inhabit,
   houses destined to become heaps of ruins;
29 they will not be rich, and their wealth will not endure,
   nor will they strike root in the earth;*
30 they will not escape from darkness;
   the flame will dry up their shoots,
   and their blossom* will be swept away* by the wind.
31 Let them not trust in emptiness, deceiving themselves;
   for emptiness will be their recompense.
32 It will be paid in full before their time,
   and their branch will not be green.
33 They will shake off their unripe grape, like the vine,
   and cast off their blossoms, like the olive tree.
34 For the company of the godless is barren,
   and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief and bring forth evil
   and their heart prepares deceit.’

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