Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself.
Job 15:1 Forsothe Eliphat Themanytes answeride, and seide, Job 15:2 Whether a wise man schal answere, as spekynge ayens the wynd, and schal fille his stomac with brennyng, that is, ire? Job 15:3 For thou repreuest hym bi wordis, which is not lijk thee, and thou spekist that, that spedith not to thee. Job 15:4 As myche as is in thee, thou hast avoidid drede; and thou hast take awey preyeris bifor God. Job 15:5 For wickidnesse hath tauyt thi mouth, and thou suest the tunge of blasfemeris. Job 15:6 Thi tunge, and not Y, schal condempne thee, and thi lippis schulen answere thee. Job 15:7 Whether thou art borun the firste man, and art formed bifor alle little hillis? Job 15:8 Whether thou herdist the counsel of God, and his wisdom is lower than thou? Job 15:9 What thing knowist thou, whiche we knowen not? What thing vndurstondist thou, whiche we witen not? Job 15:10 Bothe wise men and elde, myche eldre than thi fadris, ben among vs. Job 15:11 Whether it is greet, that God coumforte thee? But thi schrewid wordis forbeden this. Job 15:12 What reisith thin herte thee, and thou as thenkynge grete thingis hast iyen astonyed? Job 15:13 What bolneth thi spirit ayens God, that thou brynge forth of thi mouth siche wordis? Job 15:14 What is a man, that he be with out wem, and that he borun of a womman appere iust? Job 15:15 Lo! noon among hise seyntis is vnchaungable, and heuenes ben not cleene in his siyt. Job 15:16 How myche more a man abhomynable and vnprofitable, that drynkith wickidnesse as water?
He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Job 15:17 I schal schewe to thee, here thou me; Y schal telle to thee that, that Y siy. Job 15:18 Wise men knoulechen, and hiden not her fadris. Job 15:19 To whiche aloone the erthe is youun, and an alien schal not passe bi hem. Job 15:20 A wickid man is proud in alle hise daies; and the noumbre of hise yeeris and of his tirauntrie is vncerteyn. Job 15:21 The sown of drede is euere in hise eeris, and whanne pees is, he supposith euere tresouns. Job 15:22 He bileueth not that he may turne ayen fro derknessis to liyt; and biholdith aboute on ech side a swerd. Job 15:23 Whanne he stirith hym to seke breed, he woot, that the dai of derknessis is maad redi in his hond. Job 15:24 Tribulacioun schal make hym aferd, and angwisch schal cumpas hym, as a kyng which is maad redi to batel. Job 15:25 For he helde forth his hond ayens God, and he was maad strong ayens Almyyti God. Job 15:26 He ran with neck reisid ayens God, and he was armed with fat nol. Job 15:27 Fatnesse, that is, pride comyng forth of temporal aboundaunce, hilide his face, that is, the knowyng of vndurstondyng, and outward fatnesse hangith doun of his sidis. Job 15:28 He schal dwelle in desolat citees, and in deseert, ethir forsakun, housis, that ben turned in to biriels. Job 15:29 He schal not be maad riche, nether his catel schal dwelle stidefastli; nether he schal sende his roote in the erthe, Job 15:30 nether he schal go awei fro derknessis. Flawme schal make drie hise braunchis, and he schal be takun a wey bi the spirit of his mouth. Job 15:31 Bileue he not veynli disseyued bi errour, that he schal be ayenbouyt bi ony prijs. Job 15:32 Bifor that hise daies ben fillid, he schal perische, and hise hondis schulen wexe drye; Job 15:33 he schal be hirt as a vyne in the firste flour of his grape, and as an olyue tre castinge awei his flour. Job 15:34 For the gaderyng togidere of an ipocrite is bareyn, and fier schal deuoure the tabernaclis of hem, that taken yiftis wilfuli. Job 15:35 He conseyuede sorewe, and childide wickidnesse, and his wombe makith redi tretcheries.