Psalm 12; Job 15

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David.

12  Save, O Lord, for mthe godly one is gone;

for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.

Everyone nutters lies to his neighbor;

with oflattering lips and pa double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all oflattering lips,

the tongue that makes qgreat boasts,

those who say, With our tongue we will prevail,

our lips are with us; who is master over us?

Because rthe poor are plundered, because the needy groan,

sI will now arise, says the Lord;

I will place him in the tsafety for which he longs.

uThe words of the Lord are pure words,

like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,

purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep them;

you will guard us2 from this generation forever.

On every side the wicked prowl,

as vileness is exalted among the children of man.


Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God

15 Then qEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

Should ra wise man answer with swindy knowledge,

and fill his tbelly with uthe east wind?

Should he argue in unprofitable talk,

or in words with which he can do no good?

But you are doing away with the fear of God1

and hindering meditation before God.

For your iniquity teaches your mouth,

and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

Your vown mouth condemns you, and not I;

wyour own lips testify against you.

xAre you the first man who was born?

Or ywere you brought forth zbefore the hills?

Have you listened in athe council of God?

And do you limit wisdom to yourself?

bWhat do you know that we do not know?

What do you understand that is not clear to us?

10  cBoth the gray-haired and the aged are among us,

older than your father.

11  Are the comforts of God too small for you,

or the word that deals gently with you?

12  Why does your heart carry you away,

and why do your eyes flash,

13  that you turn your dspirit against God

and bring such words out of your mouth?

14  eWhat is man, fthat he can be pure?

Or he who is gborn of a woman, that he can be righteous?

15  Behold, God2 hputs no trust in his iholy ones,

and the heavens are not pure in his sight;

16  jhow much less one who is abominable and kcorrupt,

a man who ldrinks injustice like water!

17  I will show you; hear me,

and what I have seen I will declare

18  (what wise men have told,

without hiding it mfrom their fathers,

19  to whom alone the land was given,

and no nstranger passed among them).

20  The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,

through all the oyears that are laid up for pthe ruthless.

21  qDreadful sounds are in his ears;

in rprosperity the destroyer will come upon him.

22  He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,

and he is marked for the sword.

23  He swanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?

He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;

24  distress and anguish terrify him;

they tprevail against him, like a king ready for battle.

25  Because he has stretched out his hand against God

and defies the Almighty,

26  urunning vstubbornly against him

with a thickly bossed shield;

27  because he has wcovered his face with his fat

and gathered fat upon his waist

28  and has lived in desolate cities,

in houses that none should inhabit,

which were ready to become heaps of ruins;

29  he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure,

nor will his possessions spread over the earth;3

30  he will not depart from darkness;

the flame will dry up his shoots,

and by xthe breath of his mouth he will depart.

31  Let him not ytrust in emptiness, deceiving himself,

for emptiness will be his payment.

32  It will be paid in full zbefore his time,

and his branch will not be green.

33  He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine,

and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.

34  For athe company of the godless is barren,

and bfire consumes the tents of bribery.

35  They cconceive trouble and give birth to evil,

and their dwomb prepares deceit.