Job 15:3
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New International Version
Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?

New Living Translation
The wise don't engage in empty chatter. What good are such words?

English Standard Version
Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?

New American Standard Bible
"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?

King James Bible
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose?

International Standard Version
Should he engage in unprofitable argument, or give a speech that benefits no one?

NET Bible
Does he argue with useless talk, with words that have no value in them?

New Heart English Bible
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches with which he can do no good?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should he argue with words that don't help, with speeches that don't help [anyone]?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

New American Standard 1977
“Should he argue with useless talk,
            Or with words which are not profitable?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Should he dispute with useless words and with reasons that are not profitable?

King James 2000 Bible
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?

American King James Version
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?

American Standard Version
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou reprovest him by words, who is not equal to thee, and thou speakest that which is not good for thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Reasoning with unprofitable talk, and with speeches which do no good?

English Revised Version
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Webster's Bible Translation
Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?

World English Bible
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches with which he can do no good?

Young's Literal Translation
To reason with a word not useful? And speeches -- no profit in them?
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
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? 4"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.…
Cross References
Job 15:2
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?

Job 15:4
"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.
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(3) Should he reason with unprofitable talk?--Nay, his arguments, though pretentious and apparently recondite, are unprofitable, and can do no good.

Verse 3. - Should he reason with unprofitable talk! Such, Eliphaz implies, had been Job's talk, altogether idle and unprofitable. A wise man should have abstained from such profitless arguments. They were speeches wherewith he could do no good. Should he reason with unprofitable talk?.... That is, the wise man, such a man as Job; does it become him to talk such idle stuff? that which is false, and foolish, and frothy, that does not minister grace to the hearer, and is not for the use of edifying; as whatever is untrue, unwise, vain, and empty, must be useless and answer no good end; nothing is profitable but what tends to increase solid wisdom and spiritual knowledge, and to exercise grace, and influence an holy life; wherefore what are profitable to the souls of men are the doctrines of the word of God, and the experiences of the grace of God, communicated by his people one to another; and nothing but these, or what agrees with them, should come out of the mouth of a wise and good man; nor can such an one expect to convince men of their errors, or reprove them for their sins with success, who deals in words of no profit:

or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? but may do a great deal of hurt both to himself and others; but the same thing is here signified in different words, 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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