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? 2Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling and braced 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 that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. 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?6Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?7Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest 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! 8In my experience, those who plow injustice 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. 9They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.
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 growl, but the teeth of young lions are broken.
11Full grown lions die when they cannot find prey; that's when the lion cubs are scattered.11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.12A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep comes over 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 shake.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15I felt a draft on my face, and the hair on my body stood up.
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:16A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. 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 righteous before God? Can a man be 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 foolishness,
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 clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust, who are 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; they perish forever while no one notices.
21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"21Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.
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