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15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Does a wise man answer with empty* counselo

or fill himselfD with the hot east wind?

Should he arguep with useless talk

or with words that serve no good purpose?

But you even undermine the fear of God

and hinder meditation before him.

Your iniquityq teaches you what to say,

and you choose the language of the crafty.

Your own mouth condemns you, not I;

your own lips testify against you.r

Were you the first human ever born,

or were you brought forth before the hills?s

Do you listen in on the council of God,

or have a monopoly on wisdom?t

What do you know that we don’t?

What do you understand that is not clear to us?

10 Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us—

older than your father.

11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you,

even the words that deal gently with you?

12 Why has your heart misled you,

and why do your eyes flash

13 as you turn your angerA against God

and allow such words to leave your mouth?

14 What is a mere human, that he should be pure,a

or one born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15 If God puts no trust in his holy onesb

and the heavens are not pure in his sight,c

16 how much less one who is revolting and corrupt,d

who drinks injusticee like water?

17 Listen to me and I will inform you.

I will describe what I have seen,

18 what the wise have declared and not concealed,

that came from their ancestors,f

19 to whom alone the land was given

when no foreigner passed among them.

20 A wicked person writhes in pain all his days,

throughout the number of years reserved for the ruthless.

21 Dreadful sounds fill his ears;

when he is at peace, a robber attacks him.

22 He doesn’t believe he will return from darkness;

he is destined for the sword.g

23 He wanders about for food, asking, “Where is it?”

He knows the day of darkness is at hand.

24 Troubleh and distress terrify him,

overwhelming him like a king prepared for battle.

25 For he has stretched out his handi against God

and has arrogantly opposed the Almighty.

26 He rushes headlong at him

with his thick, studded shields.

27 Though his face is covered with fatB

and his waistline bulges with it,

28 he will dwell in ruined cities,

in abandoned houses destined to become piles of rubble.j

29 He will no longer be rich; his wealth will not endure.

His possessionsC will not increase in the land.

30 He will not escape from the darkness;

flames will wither his shoots,

and by the breath of God’s mouth, he will depart.k

31 Let him not put trust in worthless things, being led astray,

for what he gets in exchange will prove worthless.

32 It will be accomplished before his time,

and his branch will not flourish.

33 He will be like a vine that drops its unripe grapesl

and like an olive tree that sheds its blossoms.

34 For the company of the godlessm will have no children,

and fire will consume the tents of those who offer bribes.

35 They conceive troublen and give birth to evil;

their wombo prepares deception.p


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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