1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
You are nothing but a windbag.
What good are such words?
no reverence for him?
Your words are based on clever deception.
Your own lips testify against you.
Were you born before the hills were made?
Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?
What do you understand that we do not?
much older than your father!
Is his gentle word not enough?
What has weakened your vision,a
and say all these evil things?
Can anyone born of a woman be just?
Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in his sight.
with a thirst for wickedness!
I will answer you from my own experience.
who have heard the same thing from their fathers —
long before any foreigners arrived.
Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.
and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer.
for fear they will be murdered.
They know their day of destruction is near.
They live in distress and anguish,
like a king preparing for battle.
defying the Almighty.
they defiantly charge against him.
their waists bulge with fat.
They will live in abandoned houses
that are ready to tumble down.
and their wealth will not endure.
Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon.
The burning sun will wither their shoots,
and the breath of God will destroy them.
for emptiness will be their only reward.
their branches will never again be green.
like an olive tree that loses its blossoms before the fruit can form.
Their homes, enriched through bribery, will burn.
Their womb produces deceit.”
Job, 15 chapter. New Living Translation.