Job 15:2
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?

Berean Study Bible
“Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill his belly with the hot 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
Job, if you had any sense,

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Will a wise man give for answer a mere breath of wisdom? and does he fill up the pain of his belly,

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 replied: 2“Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill his belly with the hot east wind? 3Should he argue with useless words or speeches that serve no purpose?…
Cross References
Job 6:26
Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the speech of a desperate man as wind?

Job 11:2
"Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a speaker be vindicated?

Job 15:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Job 15:3
Should he argue with useless words or speeches that serve no purpose?

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 of talk be justified? …

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

James 3:13
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

vain knowledge.

Job 6:26
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Job 8:2
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

fill

Hosea 12:1
Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.







Lexicon
“Does a wise
הֶֽחָכָ֗ם (he·ḥā·ḵām)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

man answer
יַעֲנֶ֥ה (ya·‘ă·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

with empty
ר֑וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

counsel
דַֽעַת־ (ḏa·‘aṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge

or fill
וִֽימַלֵּ֖א (wî·mal·lê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

his belly
בִּטְנֽוֹ׃ (biṭ·nōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

with the hot east wind?
קָדִ֣ים (qā·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6921: The fore, front part, the East
(2) Should a wise man utter vain knowledge . . .--Job therefore is not wise, and his words have been vain and windy.

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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