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? 2If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened 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 is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
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 this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous 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! 8Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger. 9By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they 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 roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and 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 perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror. 14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15Then a spirit passed before 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 the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?' 17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18"Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since he charges his angels with error,18Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
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 less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!20They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"21Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
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