2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
2 "Should a wise person respond with knowledge based on wind? Should he fill his stomach with a wind storm from the east?
2 Should a wise man utter such windy knowledge [as we have just heard] and fill himself with the east wind [of withering, parching, and violent accusations]?
3 “Should he argue with useless talk,Or with words which are not profitable?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
3 Should he engage in unprofitable argument, or give a speech that benefits no one?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? Or with speeches with which he can do no good?
4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
4 But you even undermine the fear of Godand hinder meditation before Him.
4 Yet you dispense with fear of God and hinder meditations before God.
4 Indeed, you are doing away with [reverential] fear, and you are hindering and diminishing meditation and devotion before God.
5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
5 Because your sin dictates your speech, you have chosen the language of the crafty.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
6 Your own mouth is condemning you, not I; your own lips will testify against you."
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; yes, your own lips testify against you.
7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
7 "Were you the first personto be born? Were you brought forth before the hills were made?
7 Are you the first man that was born [the original wise man]? Or were you created before the hills?
8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
8 Have you listened in on God's secret council? Have you limited wisdom only to yourself?
8 Were you present to hear the secret counsel of God? And do you limit [the possession of] wisdom to yourself?
9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
9 What do you know that we don’t?What do you understand that is not clear to us?
9 What do you know that we don't know, or that you understand and that isn't clear to us?
9 What do you know that we know not? What do you understand that is not equally clear to us?
10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
10 Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us,men older than your father.
10 "We have both the gray-haired and the aged with us, and they are far older than your father.
10 Among us are both the gray-haired and the aged, older than your father by far.
11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you,even the words that deal gently with you?
11 Are God's encouragements inconsequential to you, even a word that has been spoken gently to you?
11 Are God's consolations [as we have interpreted them to you] too trivial for you? Is there any secret thing (any bosom sin) which you have not given up? [Or] were we too gentle [in our first speech] toward you to be effective?
12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
12 Why has your heart misled you,and why do your eyes flash
12 Why have your emotions carried you away? And why do your eyes flash
12 Why does your heart carry you away [why allow yourself to be controlled by feeling]? And why do your eyes flash [in anger or contempt],
13 That you should turn your spirit against GodAnd allow such words to go out of your mouth?
13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
13 that you turn your anger against God and speak words like this?
13 That you turn your spirit against God and let [such] words [as you have spoken] go out of your mouth?
14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
14 "What is mankind, that he can be blameless? Or does being born of a woman mean he'll be in the right?
14 What is man, that he could be pure and clean? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be right and just?
15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
15 Look, if God doesn't trust his holy ones, if even the heavens aren't pure as he looks at them,
15 Behold, [God] puts no trust in His holy ones [the angels]; indeed, the heavens are not clean in His sight -- "
16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
16 then how much less is one who is abhorred and corrupted, such as a man who drinks injustice like water?"
16 How much less that which is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water?
17 “I will tell you, listen to me;And what I have seen I will also declare;
17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
17 Listen to me and I will inform you.I will describe what I have seen,
17 "I'll tell you what, listen to me! Let me relate what I've seen,
17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will relate,
18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
18 which is what wise men have explained, who didn't withhold anything from their ancestors.
18 What wise men have not hid but have freely communicated; it was told to them by their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given,And no alien passed among them.
19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
19 the land was given to them alonewhen no foreigner passed among them.
19 To them alone was the land given, when no invader passed through their midst.
19 Unto whom alone the land was given, and no stranger intruded or passed among them [corrupting the truth].
20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
20 "The wicked person writhes in pain throughout his life, a number of years has been reserved for the ruthless.
20 The wicked man suffers with [self-inflicted] torment all his days, through all the years that are numbered and laid up for him, the oppressor.
21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
21 Dreadful sounds fill his ears;when he is at peace, a robber attacks him.
21 Terrifying sounds ring in his ears; when times are prosperous, the Destroyer will attack him.
21 A [dreadful] sound of terrors is in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him [the dwellings of robbers are not at peace].
22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
22 He does not believe he will escape darkness; he is destined for the sword.
22 He believes that he will not return out of darkness, and [because of his guilt] he is waited for by the sword [of God's vengeance].
23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
23 He wanders about for food, saying, “Where is it?”He knows the day of darkness is at hand.
23 He wanders around for food where is it? He knows that a time of darkness is near.
23 He wanders abroad for food, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness and destruction is already close upon him.
24 “Distress and anguish terrify him,They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
24 Distress and pressure terrify him; they overwhelm him, like a king poised for attack.
24 Distress and anguish terrify him; [he knows] they shall prevail against him, like a king ready for battle.
25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
25 "For he has raised his fist against God, defying the Almighty.
25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God and bids defiance and behaves himself proudly against the Almighty,
26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
26 He rushes headlong at Himwith his thick, studded shields.
26 He defiantly ran against him carrying his thick, reinforced shield.
26 Running stubbornly against Him with a thickly ornamented shield;
27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.
27 Though he covered his face with fat, and is grossly overweight at the waist,
27 Because he has covered his face with his fat, adding layers of fat on his loins [giving himself up to animal pleasures],
28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
28 He will live in devastated towns, in abandoned houses that are about to become heaps of rubble.
28 And has lived in desolate [God-forsaken] cities and in houses which no man should inhabit, which were destined to become heaps [of ruins];
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
29 "He won't become rich and his wealth won't last; he won't expand his holdings to cover the land.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his wealth last, neither shall his produce bend to the earth nor his possessions be extended on the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
30 He won't escape darkness; a flame will wither his shoots; and he'll depart by the breath of God's mouth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness [and escape from calamity; the wrath of God] shall consume him as flame consumes a dry tree, and by the blast of His mouth he shall be swept away.
31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
31 Let him not put trust in worthless things, being led astray,for what he gets in exchange will prove worthless.
31 Let him not trust in a worthless speech. He leads only himself astray, for emptiness will be his reward.
31 Let him not deceive himself and trust in vanity (emptiness, falseness, and futility), for these shall be his recompense [for such living].
32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
32 It will be accomplished before his time,and his branch will not flourish.
32 This will be accomplished before his time; his branches won't grow luxuriant.
32 It shall be accomplished and paid in full while he still lives, and his branch shall not be green [but shall wither away].
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
33 "He is like a vine that drops its unripe grapes; like an olive tree that loses its blossoms.
33 He shall fail to bring his grapes to maturity [leaving them to wither unnourished] on the vine and shall cast off blossoms [and fail to bring forth fruit] like the olive tree.
34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
34 For the company of the godless is desolation, and fire consumes the tents of those who bribe.
34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery (wrong and injustice).
35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.
35 For they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity; their womb is pregnant with deception."
35 They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, and their inmost soul hatches deceit.
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