Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking?2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Surely you have instructed many, and have strengthened their feeble hands.3Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4Your words have steadied those who stumbled, and have made firm the knees that were buckling.4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
5But now it has come upon you, and you are weary. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.
6Is your reverence not your confidence, and the uprightness of your ways your hope?6Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7Consider now: Who has perished when he was innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?7“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?
8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity, and those who sow trouble, reap the same.8As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
10The lion may roar, and the fierce lion may growl, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.10The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it.12“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
13In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,13Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.14dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled.15A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice:16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?17‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18If God puts no trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error,18Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error;
19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who can be crushed like a moth!19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like the moth.
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever.20Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
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