Job 15:5
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.

Berean Study Bible
For your iniquity instructs your mouth, and you choose the language 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
And your sinful, scheming mind is the source of all you say.

Good News Translation
Your wickedness is evident by what you say; you are trying to hide behind clever words.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou art guilty by the words of thy mouth, neither hast thou discerned the words of the mighty.

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
4But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before Him. 5For your iniquity instructs your mouth, and you choose the language of the crafty. 6Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.…
Cross References
Job 5:12
He thwarts the schemes of the crafty, so that their hands find no success.

Job 5:13
He catches the wise in their craftiness, and sweeps away the plans of the cunning.

Job 11:6
and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves.

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

Job 22:5
Is not your wickedness great? Are not your iniquities endless?

Treasury of Scripture

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

uttereth.

Job 9:22-24
This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked…

Job 12:6
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

Mark 7:21,22
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, …

thou choosest

Psalm 50:19,20
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit…

Psalm 52:2-4
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 64:3
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:







Lexicon
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

your iniquity
עֲוֺנְךָ֣ (‘ă·wō·nə·ḵā)
Noun - common singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

instructs
יְאַלֵּ֣ף (yə·’al·lêp̄)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 502: To learn

your mouth,
פִ֑יךָ (p̄î·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and you choose
וְ֝תִבְחַ֗ר (wə·ṯiḇ·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

the language
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

of the crafty.
עֲרוּמִֽים׃ (‘ă·rū·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible
(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. 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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