Job 15:2
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New International Version
"Would a wise person answer with empty notions or fill their belly with the hot 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Should a wise man utter vain knowledge - Or rather, Should a wise man utter the science of wind? A science without solidity or certainty.

And fill his belly with the east wind? - בטן beten, which we translate belly, is used to signify any part of the cavity of the body, whether the region of the thorax or abdomen; here it evidently refers to the lungs, and may include the cheeks and fauces. The east wind, קדים kadim, is a very stormy wind in the Levant, or the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, supposed to be the same with that called by the Greeks ευροκλυδων, euroclydon, the east storm, mentioned Acts 27:14. Eliphaz, by these words, seems to intimate that Job's speech was a perfect storm or tempest of words.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you.

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

vain knowledge. Heb. knowledge of wind

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

Job 8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?


Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation...

July 26 Evening
Give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.--PSA. 97:12. The heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?--Yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness?--Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts. As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy;
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

All are Sinners.
Some time ago we overheard from a person who should have known better, remarks something like these: "I wonder how sinners are saved in the Lutheran Church?" "I do not hear of any being converted in the Lutheran Church," and such like. These words called to mind similar sentiments that we heard expressed long ago. More than once was the remark made in our hearing that in certain churches sinners were saved, because converted and sanctified, while it was at least doubtful whether any one could find
G. H. Gerberding—The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church

The Character of Its Teachings Evidences the Divine Authorship of the Bible
Take its teachings about God Himself. What does the Bible teach us about God? It declares that He is Eternal: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God" (Ps. 90:2). It reveals the fact that He is Infinite: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee" (I Kings 8:27). Vast as we know the universe to be, it has its bounds; but we must go beyond
Arthur W. Pink—The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

Necessity of Contemplating the Judgment-Seat of God, in Order to be Seriously Convinced of the Doctrine of Gratuitous Justification.
1. Source of error on the subject of Justification. Sophists speak as if the question were to be discussed before some human tribunal. It relates to the majesty and justice of God. Hence nothing accepted without absolute perfection. Passages confirming this doctrine. If we descend to the righteousness of the Law, the curse immediately appears. 2. Source of hypocritical confidence. Illustrated by a simile. Exhortation. Testimony of Job, David, and Paul. 3. Confession of Augustine and Bernard. 4. Another
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 6:26
Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?

Job 11:2
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

Job 15:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Job 15:3
Would they argue with useless words, with speeches that have no value?

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