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Job 15:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Should a wise men utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Should, a wise man, answer unreal knowledge? or fill, with the east wind, his inner man?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Doth a wise man answer [with] vain knowledge? And fill [with] an east wind his belly?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Will a wise man answer as if he were speaking in the wind, and fill his stomach with burning heat?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Should a wise man vtter vaine knowledge, and fill his belly with the East winde?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Will a wise man give for answer a [mere] breath of wisdom? and does he fill up the pain of his belly,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Should a wise x2450
(2450) Complement
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
man y2450
[2450] Standard
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
utter 6030
{6030} Prime
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
vain 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
knowledge, 1847
{1847} Prime
From H3045; knowledge.
and fill 4390
{4390} Prime
A primitive root, to fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
his belly 990
{0990} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything.
with the east wind? 6921
{6921} Prime
From H6923; the fore or front part; hence (by orientation) the East (often adverbially eastward, for brevity the East wind).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 15:2

_ _ a wise man — which Job claims to be.

_ _ vain knowledgeHebrew, “windy knowledge”; literally, “of wind” (Job 8:2). In Ecclesiastes 1:14, Hebrew, “to catch wind,” expresses to strive for what is vain.

_ _ east wind — stronger than the previous “wind,” for in that region the east wind is the most destructive of winds (Isaiah 27:8). Thus here, — empty violence.

_ _ belly — the inward parts, the breast (Proverbs 18:8).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 15:1-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 15:2

Fill — Satisfy his mind and conscience. East wind — With discourses not only unprofitable, but also pernicious both to himself and others; as the east — wind was in those parts.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 15:2

Should a wise man utter (a) vain knowledge, and fill his belly (b) with the east wind?

(a) That is, vain words, and without consolation?

(b) Meaning, with matters that are of no importance, which are forgotten as soon as they are uttered, as the East wind dries up moisture as soon as it falls.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a wise man:

Job 11:2-3 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? ... Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
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:
Heb. knowledge of wind,
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?


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.
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