Job 4
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1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
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 become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4"Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened 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!5"But 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?6"Is 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 now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright 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! 8"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.
9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger. 9"By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.
10"The lioness may roar, and the lion cub may growl; but even the ivory teeth of the full grown lion are broken.10"The 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.11"The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps 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, And my ear received a whisper of it.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13"Amid disquieting thoughts from the 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, And made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15"Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled 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:16"It 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 mankind be just 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,18'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges 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?19'How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!
20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!20'Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.
21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"21'Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.'
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