Job 15:5
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New International Version
Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.

New Living Translation
Your sins are telling your mouth what to say. Your words are based on clever deception.

English Standard Version
For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

New American Standard Bible
"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.

King James Bible
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.

International Standard Version
Because your sin dictates your speech, you have chosen the language of the crafty.

NET Bible
Your sin inspires your mouth; you choose the language of the crafty.

New Heart English Bible
For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your sin teaches you what to say. You choose [to talk with] a sly tongue.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

New American Standard 1977
“For your guilt teaches your mouth,
            And you choose the language of the crafty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thy mouth has declared thine iniquity, and thou hast chosen the tongue of the crafty.

King James 2000 Bible
For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

American King James Version
For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

American Standard Version
For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thy iniquity hath taught thy mouth, and thou imitatest the tongue of blasphemers.

Darby Bible Translation
For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou hast chosen the tongue of the crafty.

English Revised Version
For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thy mouth uttereth thy iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

World English Bible
For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty.

Young's Literal Translation
For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
4"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God. 5"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty. 6"Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you.…
Cross References
Job 5:12
"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.

Job 5:13
"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.

Job 11:6
And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity.

Job 15:4
"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.

Job 22:5
"Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?
Treasury of Scripture

For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

uttereth. Heb. teacheth

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thou choosest

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(5) Thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity.--These words may mean either "Thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity," or "Thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth," and the second clause must be taken adversatively or otherwise according as we understand the meaning, "Thy mouth proclaimeth thine iniquity, though thou choosest the tongue of the crafty, and so contrivest in some degree to conceal it;" or, "Thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth its eloquence, and by consequence thou choosest the tongue of the crafty." We incline to the latter, though it is fair to say that the next verse seems rather to favour the other meaning.

Verse 5. - For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity. Some render, "Thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth," causing it to utter such profane speeches (Vulgate, Dillmann, Canon Cook, Revised Version); but the translation of the Authorized Version is defensible on grammatical grounds, and yields a good sense, so that no alteration is necessary. And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty; or, the tongue of the subtle (comp. Genesis 3:1, where the epithet assigned to the serpent is the same). Eliphaz probably means to tax Job with cloaking his real impiety under a pretence of religiousness. For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity,.... Which was in his heart, and so was an evidence against him, and proved him perverse, and made good the above charges exhibited against him: or "thine iniquity teaches thy mouth" (y); the wickedness that was in his heart prompted his mouth to speak the things he did, see Matthew 12:34; and this, as it was an instance of his folly, Proverbs 15:2; so a proof of his casting off the fear of the Lord; for if that had been before his eyes, he would have bridled his lips, and not uttered all the wickedness of his heart: for he that "bridleth not his tongue, this man's religion is vain", James 1:26;

and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty; coloured over things under specious pretences of religion and godliness, so that the simple and ignorant took him for a holy good man, when he was at heart an hypocrite; in this light Eliphaz puts Job, as one that walked and talked in craftiness, and was a deceitful worker, and imposed upon men with false glosses and plausible pretences.

(y) "docuit iniquitas tua os tuum", V. L. Pagninus, Bolducius; "docebit", Montanus; "docet", Piscator, Cocceius; so Tigurine version. 5. The sophistry of thine own speeches proves thy guilt.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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