1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?15.2 vain…: Heb. knowledge of wind 3Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.15.4 castest…: Heb. makest void15.4 prayer: or, speech 5For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.15.5 uttereth: Heb. teacheth 6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee. 7Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? 8Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? 10With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father. 11Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 12Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, 13That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth? 14What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
17I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare; 18Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 19Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 20The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.15.21 A dreadful…: Heb. A sound of fears 22He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 23He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 26He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: 27Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. 28And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 29He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 30He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. 31Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.15.32 accomplished: or, cut off 33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.15.35 vanity: or, iniquity
Elifazi Anaongea: Ayubu Anadhoofisha Imani
115:1 Ay 4:1Kisha Elifazi Mtemani akajibu:
215:2 Mwa 41:6; Ay 6:26“Je, mtu mwenye hekima hujibu kwa mawazo matupu,
au kujaza tumbo lake kwa upepo wenye joto wa mashariki?
315:3 Neh 4:2-3; Ay 6:26Je, aweza kubishana juu ya maneno yasiyofaa,
kwa hotuba zisizo na maana?
415:4 Ay 25:6Lakini unadhoofisha hata uchaji wa Mungu
na kuzuia ibada mbele za Mungu.
515:5 Ay 11:6; 22:5; 5:13; Mt 16:23Dhambi yako inasukuma kinywa chako,
nawe umechagua ulimi wa hila.
615:6 Za 10:2; Mt 12:37; Lk 19:22; Ay 7:15; 18:7Kinywa chako mwenyewe kinakuhukumu, wala si changu;
midomo yako mwenyewe inashuhudia dhidi yako.
715:7 Ay 38:21; 1Sam 2:8; Mit 8:25; Za 90:2“Je, wewe ni mtu wa kwanza kuzaliwa?
Ulizaliwa kabla ya vilima?
815:8 Yer 23:18; 1Kor 2:11Je, wewe husikiliza mashauri ya siri ya Mungu?
Je, wewe unaizuia hekima iwe yako mwenyewe?
915:9 Ay 12:3Wewe unajua kitu gani tusichokijua sisi?
Unafahamu kitu gani tusichokifahamu sisi?
1015:10 Ay 12:12; 32:6-7; 8:8-10Wale wenye mvi na wazee wako upande wetu,
watu ambao ni wazee hata kuliko baba yako.
1115:11 Mwa 37:35; 2Kor 1:3-4; Kum 8:3; Yer 15:16Je, faraja za Mungu hazikutoshi,
au maneno yaliyosemwa kwako kwa upole si kitu?
1215:12 Ay 11:13; 36:13Kwa nini moyo wako unakudanganya,
na kwa nini macho yako yanangʼaa,
1315:13 Mit 29:11; Dan 11:30; Za 94:4; Ay 11:8; 22:5; 30:2ili kwamba upate kutoa hasira yako dhidi ya Mungu,
na kumwaga maneno kama hayo kutoka kinywani mwako?
1415:14 Ay 14:1; 4:17; 2Nya 6:36; Mhu 7:18, 20“Mwanadamu ni kitu gani, hata aweze kuwa safi,
au yeye aliyezaliwa na mwanamke, hata aweze kuwa mwadilifu?
1515:15 Ay 5:1; 4:18Kama Mungu hawaamini watakatifu wake,
kama hata mbingu zenyewe si safi machoni pake,
1615:16 Law 5:2; Ay 12:4; 20:12; Mit 19:28; Za 14:1sembuse mwanadamu ambaye ni mwovu na mpotovu,
ambaye hunywa uovu kama anywavyo maji!
1715:17 Ay 4:8“Nisikilize mimi nami nitakueleza,
acha nikuambie yale niliyoyaona,
1815:18 Kum 32:7; Ay 8:8; Mwa 18:19ambayo watu wenye hekima wameyanena,
bila kuficha lolote walilopokea toka kwa baba zao
1915:19 Mwa 12:1; Ay 22:8(wakati ambao wao peke yao ndio walipewa nchi,
hakuna mgeni aliyepita miongoni mwao):
2015:20 Oba 1:15; Sef 1:17Mtu mwovu siku zake zote hupata mateso,
miaka yote aliwekewa mkorofi.
2115:21 1Sam 3:11; Yer 6:25; Isa 13:3; 1The 5:3Sauti za kutisha hujaa masikioni mwake;
katika kufanikiwa kwake, wanyangʼanyi humshambulia.
2215:22 Hos 9:13; Amo 5:19Hukata tamaa kuokoka gizani;
amewekwa kwa ajili ya upanga.
2315:23 Za 59:15; 109:10; Ay 18:12Hutangatanga, akitafuta chakula;
anajua kwamba siku ya giza iko karibu.
2415:24 Isa 8:22; 9:1; Ay 15:20; 18:14Taabu na maumivu makuu vinamtia hofu;
humshinda kama mfalme aliye tayari kwa vita,
2515:25 Za 2:2-3; Mit 21:30kwa sababu amemkunjia Mungu ngumi yake
na kujigamba dhidi ya Mwenyezi,
2615:26 Yer 44:16kwa kiburi akishambulia dhidi ya Mungu
akiwa na ngao nene, iliyo imara.
2715:27 Amu 3:17; Za 17:10“Ingawa uso wake umefunikwa na mafuta kwa unene
na kiuno chake kimevimba kwa kunenepa,
2815:28 Isa 5:9; Ay 3:14ataishi katika miji ya magofu,
na katika nyumba ambazo haziishi mwanadamu yeyote,
nyumba zinazokuwa vifusi.
2915:29 Ay 3:15; 7:8; Isa 5:8Hatatajirika tena, nao utajiri wake hautadumu,
wala mali zake hazitakuwa nyingi juu ya nchi.
3015:30 Ay 4:9, 15; 16:7; 20:26; Kut 15:10Hatatoka gizani;
mwali wa moto utanyausha machipukizi yake,
nayo pumzi ya kinywa cha Mungu itamwondolea mbali.
3115:31 Yer 7:4-8; Mt 6:19; Za 62:1015:31 Ay 31:5; Mit 1:16; 6:18; Isa 44:20; 59:7; Mik 2:11; Mk 13:5Asijidanganye mwenyewe kutumainia ubatili,
kwa kuwa hatapata malipo yoyote.
3215:32 Mhu 7:17; Za 109:8; Mit 10:27; Ay 18:16Atakuwa amelipwa kikamilifu kabla ya wakati wake,
nayo matawi yake hayatastawi.
3315:33 Hab 3:17Atafanana na mzabibu uliopukutishwa matunda yake kabla hayajaiva,
kama mzeituni unaodondosha maua yake.
3415:34 Kut 23:8; Ay 8:22; Isa 33:14Kwa kuwa jamii ya wasiomcha Mungu watakuwa tasa,
nao moto utateketeza hema za wale wanaopenda rushwa.
3515:35 Hos 10:13; Gal 6:7; Za 7:14Hutunga mimba ya madhara na kuzaa uovu;
matumbo yao huumba udanganyifu.”