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?
Darby Bible Translation
Should a wise man answer with windy 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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Should a wise man - Referring to Job, and to his claims to be esteemed wise; see Job 12:3; Job 13:2, Job 13:6. The argument of Eliphaz here is, that the sentiments which Job had advanced were a sufficient refutation of his pretensions to wisdom. A wise man would not be guilty of "mere talk," or of using language that conveyed no ideas.
Utter - literally, answer. It refers to the replies which Job had made to the arguments of his friends.
Vain knowledge - Margin, "Knowledge of wind." So the Hebrew; see Job 6:26; Job 7:7. The "wind" is used to denote what is unsubstantial, vain, changing. Here it is used as an emblem of remarks which were vain, empty, and irrelevant.
And fill his belly - Fill his mind with unsubstantial arguments or sentiments - as little fitted for utility as the east wind is for food. The image is, "he fills himself with mere wind, and then blows it out under pretence of delivering the maxims of wisdom."
With the east wind - The east wind was not only tempestuous and vehement, but sultry, and destructive to vegetation. It passed over vast deserts, and was characterized by great dryness and heat. It is used here to denote a manner of discourse that had in it nothing profitable.
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"Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?
"Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?
Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?
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