Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking?2Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Surely you have instructed many, and have strengthened their feeble hands.3Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4Your words have steadied those who stumbled; you have stabilized the knees that were buckling.4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling and braced the knees that were buckling.
5But now trouble has come upon you, and you are weary. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.5But now that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Is your reverence not your confidence, and the uprightness of your ways your hope?6Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Or where have the upright been destroyed?7Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?
8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble, reap the same.8In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.9They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils.
10The lion may roar, and the fierce lion may growl, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.10The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl, but the fangs of young lions are broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it.12A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep descends on men,
14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shudder.14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.
15Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled.15A wind passed by me, and I shuddered with fear.
16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice:16A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a quiet voice:
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?17"Can a person be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?"
18If God puts no trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error,18If God puts no trust in His servants and He charges His angels with foolishness,
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 clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like a moth!
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever.20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; they perish forever while no one notices.
21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’21Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.
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