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Job 15:1–3

Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly

15 Then aEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2 “Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,

And fill 1himself with the east wind?

3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk,

Or by speeches with which he can do no good?

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Job 15:1–3 — The New International Version (NIV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“Would a wise person answer with empty notions

or fill their belly with the hot east wind?

Would they argue with useless words,

with speeches that have no value?

Job 15:1–3 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,

and fill his belly with the east wind?

Should he argue in unprofitable talk,

or in words with which he can do no good?

Job 15:1–3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

Should a wise man utter vain knowledge,

And fill his belly with the east wind?

Should he reason with unprofitable talk?

Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Job 15:1–3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk!

You are nothing but a windbag.

The wise don’t engage in empty chatter.

What good are such words?

Job 15:1–3 — New Century Version (NCV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

“A wise person would not answer with empty words

or fill his stomach with the hot east wind.

He would not argue with useless words

or make speeches that have no value.

Job 15:1–3 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge,

And fill himself with the east wind?

Should he reason with unprofitable talk,

Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Job 15:1–3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind, Reasoning with unprofitable talk, and with speeches which do no good?

Job 15:1–3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Then Eliphaz from Teman replied to Job,

“Should a wise person answer with endless details

and fill his stomach with the east wind?

Should he argue with words that don’t help,

with speeches that don’t help anyone?

Job 15:1–3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Does a wise man answer with empty counsel

or fill himself with the hot east wind?

Should he argue with useless talk

or with words that serve no good purpose?

Job 15:1–3 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

“Should the wise answer with windy knowledge,

and fill themselves with the east wind?

Should they argue in unprofitable talk,

or in words with which they can do no good?

Job 15:1–3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

“Should the wise answer with windy knowledge,

and should he fill his stomach with the east wind?

Should he argue in talk that is not profitable

or in words with which he cannot do good?

Job 15:1–3 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied,

“Job, if you were wise,

would you answer us with a lot of meaningless talk?

Would you fill your stomach with the hot east wind?

Would you argue with useless words?

Would you give worthless speeches?

Job 15:1–3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge

And fill himself with the east wind?

“Should he argue with useless talk,

Or with words which are not profitable?