Job 15:3
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?

Berean Study Bible
Should he argue with useless words or speeches that serve no purpose?

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

New King James Version
Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good?

New American Standard Bible
“Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which do not benefit?

NASB 1995
“Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?

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

Amplified Bible
“Should he rebuke and argue with useless talk? Or with words in which there is no benefit?

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To conceal words that are not useful and with words without profit in them?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
reasoning with improper sayings, and with words wherein is no profit?

Contemporary English Version
you would stop spreading all of this hot air.

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

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

Good News Translation
No one who is wise would talk the way you do or defend himself with such meaningless words.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
To reason with a word not useful? And speeches—no profit in them?

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?

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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
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? 4But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before Him.…

Cross References
Job 15:2
"Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill his belly with the hot east wind?

Job 15:4
But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before Him.


Treasury of Scripture

Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches with which he can do no good?

he reason

Job 13:4,5
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value…

Job 16:2,3
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all…

Job 26:1-3
But Job answered and said, …









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Should he argue
הוֹכֵ֣חַ (hō·w·ḵê·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

with useless
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

words
בְּ֭דָבָר (bə·ḏā·ḇār)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

or speeches
וּ֝מִלִּ֗ים (ū·mil·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

that serve no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

purpose?
יוֹעִ֥יל (yō·w·‘îl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3276: To confer or gain profit or benefit


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