13 “Indeed, my eyes have seen all this, 1
my ears have heard and understood it.
2 What you know, 2 I 3 know also;
I am not inferior 4 to you!
3 But I wish to speak 5 to the Almighty, 6
and I desire to argue 7 my case 8 with God.
4 But you, however, are inventors of lies; 9
all of you are worthless physicians! 10
5 If only you would keep completely silent! 11
For you, that would be wisdom. 12
6 “Listen now to my argument, 13
and be attentive to my lips’ contentions. 14
7 Will you speak wickedly 15 on God’s behalf? 16
Will you speak deceitfully for him?
8 Will you show him partiality? 17
Will you argue the case 18 for God?
9 Would it turn out well if he would examine 19 you?
Or as one deceives 20 a man would you deceive him?
10 He would certainly rebuke 21 you
if you secretly 22 showed partiality!
11 Would not his splendor 23 terrify 24 you
and the fear he inspires 25 fall on you?
12 Your maxims 26 are proverbs of ashes; 27
your defenses 28 are defenses of clay. 29
13 “Refrain from talking 30 with me so that 31 I may speak;
then let come to me 32 what may. 33
14 Why 34 do I put myself in peril, 35
and take my life in my hands?
15 Even if he slays me, I will hope in him; 36
I will surely 37 defend 38 my ways to his face!
16 Moreover, this will become my deliverance,
for no godless person would come before him. 39
17 Listen carefully 40 to my words;
let your ears be attentive to my explanation. 41
18 See now, 42 I have prepared 43 my 44 case; 45
I know that I am right. 46
19 Who 47 will contend with me?
If anyone can, I will be silent and die. 48
20 Only in two things spare me, 49 O God, 50
and then I will not hide from your face:
21 Remove 51 your hand 52 far from me
and stop making me afraid with your terror. 53
22 Then call, 54 and I will answer,
or I will speak, and you respond to me.
23 How many are my 55 iniquities and sins?
Show me my transgression and my sin. 56
24 Why do you hide your face 57
and regard me as your enemy?
25 Do you wish to torment 58 a windblown 59 leaf
and chase after dry chaff? 60
26 For you write down 61 bitter things against me
and cause me to inherit the sins of my youth. 62
27 And you put my feet in the stocks 63
and you watch all my movements; 64
you put marks 65 on the soles of my feet.
28 So I 66 waste away like something rotten, 67
like a garment eaten by moths.
14 “Man, born of woman, 1
lives but a few days, 2 and they are full of trouble. 3
2 He grows up 4 like a flower and then withers away; 5
he flees like a shadow, and does not remain. 6
3 Do you fix your eye 7 on such a one? 8
And do you bring me 9 before you for judgment?
4 Who can make 10 a clean thing come from an unclean? 11
5 Since man’s days 12 are determined, 13
the number of his months is under your control; 14
you have set his limit 15 and he cannot pass it.
6 Look away from him and let him desist, 16
until he fulfills 17 his time like a hired man.
7 “But there is hope for 18 a tree: 19
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Although its roots may grow old 20 in the ground
and its stump begins to die 21 in the soil, 22
9 at the scent 23 of water it will flourish 24
and put forth 25 shoots like a new plant.
10 But man 26 dies and is powerless; 27
he expires – and where is he? 28
11 As 29 water disappears from the sea, 30
or a river drains away and dries up,
12 so man lies down and does not rise;
until the heavens are no more, 31
they 32 will not awake
nor arise from their sleep.
13 “O that 33 you would hide me in Sheol, 34
and conceal me till your anger has passed! 35
O that you would set me a time 36
and then remember me! 37
14 If a man dies, will he live again? 38
All the days of my hard service 39 I will wait 40
until my release comes. 41
15 You will call 42 and I 43 – I will answer you;
you will long for 44 the creature you have made. 45
16 “Surely now you count my steps; 46
then you would not mark 47 my sin. 48
17 My offenses would be sealed up 49 in a bag; 50
you would cover over 51 my sin.
18 But as 52 a mountain falls away and crumbles, 53
and as a rock will be removed from its place,
19 as water wears away stones,
and torrents 54 wash away the soil, 55
so you destroy man’s hope. 56
20 You overpower him once for all, 57
and he departs;
you change 58 his appearance
and send him away.
21 If 59 his sons are honored, 60
he does not know it; 61
if they are brought low,
he does not see 62 it.
22 Only his flesh has pain for himself, 63
and he mourns for himself.” 64
15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2 “Does a wise man answer with blustery knowledge, 1
or fill his belly 2 with the east wind? 3
3 Does he argue 4 with useless 5 talk,
with words that have no value in them?
4 But you even break off 6 piety, 7
and hinder 8 meditation 9 before God.
5 Your sin inspires 10 your mouth;
you choose the language 11 of the crafty. 12
6 Your own mouth condemns 13 you, not I;
your own lips testify against 14 you.
7 “Were you the first man ever born?
Were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Do you listen in on God’s secret council? 15
Do you limit 16 wisdom to yourself?
9 What do you know that we don’t know?
What do you understand that we don’t understand? 17
10 The gray-haired 18 and the aged are on our side, 19
men far older than your father. 20
11 Are God’s consolations 21 too trivial for you; 22
or a word spoken 23 in gentleness to you?
12 Why 24 has your heart carried you away, 25
and why do your eyes flash, 26
13 when you turn your rage 27 against God
and allow such words to escape 28 from your mouth?
14 What is man that he should be pure,
or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, 29
if even the heavens 30 are not pure in his eyes,
16 how much less man, who is abominable and corrupt, 31
who drinks in evil like water! 32
17 “I will explain to you;
listen to me,
and what 33 I have seen, I will declare, 34
18 what wise men declare,
from the tradition of 35 their ancestors, 36
19 to whom alone the land was given
when no foreigner passed among them. 37
20 All his days 38 the wicked man suffers torment, 39
throughout the number of the years
that 40 are stored up for the tyrant. 41
21 Terrifying sounds fill 42 his ears;
in a time of peace marauders 43 attack him.
22 He does not expect 44 to escape from darkness; 45
he is marked for the sword; 46
23 he wanders about – food for vultures; 47
he knows that the day of darkness is at hand. 48
24 Distress and anguish 49 terrify him;
they prevail against him
like a king ready to launch an attack, 50
25 for he stretches out his hand against God, 51
and vaunts himself 52 against the Almighty,
26 defiantly charging against him 53
with a thick, strong shield! 54
27 Because he covered his face with fat, 55
and made 56 his hips bulge with fat, 57
28 he lived in ruined towns 58
and in houses where 59 no one lives,
where they are ready to crumble into heaps. 60
29 He will not grow rich,
and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions 61 spread over the land.
30 He will not escape the darkness; 62
a flame will wither his shoots
and he will depart
by the breath of God’s mouth. 63
31 Let him not trust in what is worthless, 64
for worthlessness will be his reward. 65
32 Before his time 66 he will be paid in full, 67
and his branches will not flourish. 68
33 Like a vine he will let his sour grapes fall, 69
and like an olive tree
he will shed his blossoms. 70
34 For the company of the godless is barren, 71
and fire 72 consumes the tents of those who accept bribes. 73
35 They conceive 74 trouble and bring forth evil;
their belly 75 prepares deception.”