Job 4
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1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2"Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this? 2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3Surely you have instructed many, and have strengthened their feeble hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have steadied those who stumbled; you have stabilized the knees that were buckling.
5"But now it's your turn, and you're the one who is worn out! Now it's striking you, and you're dismayed!5But now trouble has come upon you, and you are weary. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6"Your fear of God has been your confidence, hasn't it? The integrity of your life has been your hope, hasn't it?6Is your reverence not your confidence, and the uprightness of your ways your hope?
7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?7Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Or where have the upright been destroyed?
8It's been my experience that those who plow the soil of iniquity and those who sow the seed of trouble will reap their harvest! 8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger. 9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.
10"The lioness may roar, and the lion cub may growl; but even the ivory teeth of the full grown lion are broken.10The lion may roar, and the fierce lion may growl, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11Full grown lions die when they cannot find prey; that's when the lion cubs are scattered.11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.12Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror. 14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shudder.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled.
16It remained standing, but I couldn't recognize its appearance. A form appeared before my eyes; At first there was silence, and then this voice:16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice:
17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?' 17’Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?
18"Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since he charges his angels with error,18If God puts no trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error,
19how much less confidence does he have in those who dwell in houses of clay; who were formed from a foundation in dust and can perish like a moth?19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who can be crushed like a moth!
20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever.
21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’
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