But now they that are
younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. Yea, whereto might
the strength of their hands profit
me, in whom old age was perished? For want and famine they were
solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. read more.
Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat. They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;) To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks. Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
But ye are
forgers of lies, ye are
all physicians of no value. O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom. Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips. read more.
Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him? Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God? Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him? He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons. Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you? Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay. Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are
ye all. Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? read more.
I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
Then Job answered and said, How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that
ye make yourselves strange to me. read more.
And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself. If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known
by multitude of words.
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are
vanities: but fear thou God.
a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is
a parable in the mouth of fools.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man
keepeth it in till afterwards.
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but
he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Seest thou a man that is
hasty in his words? there is
more hope of a fool than of him.
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it
, it is
folly and shame unto him.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is
a parable in the mouth of fools.
In the mouth of the foolish is
a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?