Job 4
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1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
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 impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
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 it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches 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 not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?7“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?
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 seen, those who plow iniquity and 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 roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, 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 strong 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.12“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13Amid thoughts from visions of 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. 14dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh 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:16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:
17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?' 17‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18"Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since he charges his angels with error,18Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges 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 foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like the moth.
20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!20Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
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