Job 15:2
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New International Version
"Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot east wind?

New Living Translation
"A wise man wouldn't answer with such empty talk! You are nothing but a windbag.

English Standard Version
“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

New American Standard Bible
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?

King James Bible
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill himself with the hot east wind?

International Standard Version
"Should a wise person respond with knowledge based on wind? Should he fill his stomach with a wind storm from the east?

NET Bible
"Does a wise man answer with blustery knowledge, or fill his belly with the east wind?

New Heart English Bible
"Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Should a wise person answer with endless details and fill his stomach with the east wind?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Should a wise man make answer with windy knowledge, And fill his belly with the east wind?

New American Standard 1977
“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,
            And fill himself with the east wind?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge and fill his belly with the east wind?

King James 2000 Bible
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

American King James Version
Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

American Standard Version
Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will a wise man answer as if he were speaking in the wind, and fill his stomach with burning heat?

Darby Bible Translation
Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind,

English Revised Version
Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Webster's Bible Translation
Should a wise men utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

World English Bible
"Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth a wise man answer with vain knowledge? And fill with an east wind his belly?
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded, 2"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind? 3"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?…
Cross References
Job 6:26
"Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?

Job 11:2
"Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?

Job 15:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,

Job 15:3
"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?
Treasury of Scripture

Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

a wise man

Job 11:2,3 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full …

Job 13:2 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

vain knowledge. Heb. knowledge of wind

Job 6:26 Do you imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is …

Job 8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words …

fill

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily …

(2) Should a wise man utter vain knowledge . . .--Job therefore is not wise, and his words have been vain and windy.

Should a wise man utter vain knowledge,.... As Job had been thought to be, or as he himself thought he was, which he might say sarcastically; or as he really was, not worldly wise, nor merely wise in things natural, but in things divine; being one that had the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom, and wisdom itself; believed in Christ, and walked wisely and circumspectly before men; now it is not becoming such a man to utter vain knowledge, or such knowledge as is like the wind, or, as the Targum, windy knowledge; empty, not solid, nor satisfying, but swells and puffs up, and is knowledge falsely so called; but it does not appear that Job did utter such vain and fruitless things as deserved to be compared to the wind:

and fill his belly with the east wind; which is noisy and blusterous, rapid and forcible, bearing all before it, and very infectious in hot countries; and such notions Job, according to Eliphaz, satisfied himself with, and endeavoured to insinuate them into others; which were nothing but great swelling words of vanity, and tended to subvert the faith of men, and overthrow all religion, and were very unwholesome, infectious, and ruinous to the minds of men, as suggested. 2. a wise man—which Job claims to be.

vain knowledge—Hebrew, "windy knowledge"; literally, "of wind" (Job 8:2). In Ec 1:14, Hebrew, "to catch wind," expresses to strive for what is vain.

east wind—stronger than the previous "wind," for in that region the east wind is the most destructive of winds (Isa 27:8). Thus here,—empty violence.

belly—the inward parts, the breast (Pr 18:8).15:1-16 Eliphaz begins a second attack upon Job, instead of being softened by his complaints. He unjustly charges Job with casting off the fear of God, and all regard to him, and restraining prayer. See in what religion is summed up, fearing God, and praying to him; the former the most needful principle, the latter the most needful practice. Eliphaz charges Job with self-conceit. He charges him with contempt of the counsels and comforts given him by his friends. We are apt to think that which we ourselves say is important, when others, with reason, think little of it. He charges him with opposition to God. Eliphaz ought not to have put harsh constructions upon the words of one well known for piety, and now in temptation. It is plain that these disputants were deeply convinced of the doctrine of original sin, and the total depravity of human nature. Shall we not admire the patience of God in bearing with us? and still more his love to us in the redemption of Christ Jesus his beloved Son?
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