2 Doth a wise man answer with vain knowledge? And fill with an east wind his belly?
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?
3 To reason with a word not useful? And speeches -- no profit in them?
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?
4 Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.
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.
5 For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile.
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.
6 Thy mouth declareth thee wicked, and not I, And thy lips testify against thee.
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."
7 The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed?
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?
8 Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom?
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?
9 What hast thou known, and we know not? Understandest thou -- and it is not with us?
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?
10 Both the gray-headed And the very aged are among us -- Greater than thy father in days.
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.
11 Too few for thee are the comforts of God? And a gentle word is with thee,
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?
12 What -- doth thine heart take thee away? And what -- are thine eyes high?
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
13 For thou turnest against God thy spirit? And hast brought out words from thy mouth:
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?
14 What is man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?
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?
15 Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes.
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,
16 Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.
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?"
17 I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:
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,
18 Which the wise declare -- And have not hid -- from their fathers.
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.
19 To them alone was the land given, And a stranger passed not over into their midst:
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.
20 'All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.
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.
21 A fearful voice is in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.
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.
22 He believeth not to return from darkness, And watched is he for the sword.
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.
23 He is wandering for bread -- 'Where is it?' He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness.
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.
24 Terrify him do adversity and distress, They prevail over him As a king ready for a boaster.
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.
25 For he stretched out against God his hand, And against the Mighty he maketh himself mighty.
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.
26 He runneth unto Him with a neck, With thick bosses of his shields.
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.
27 For he hath covered his face with his fat, And maketh vigour over his confidence.
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,
28 And he inhabiteth cities cut off, houses not dwelt in, That have been ready to become heaps.
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.
29 He is not rich, nor doth his wealth rise, Nor doth he stretch out on earth their continuance.
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.
30 He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth!
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.
31 Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.
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.
32 Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.
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.
33 He shaketh off as a vine his unripe fruit, And casteth off as an olive his blossom.
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.
34 For the company of the profane is gloomy, And fire hath consumed tents of bribery.
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.
35 To conceive misery, and to bear iniquity, Even their heart doth prepare deceit.
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."
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