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 someone should attempt a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.3Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands.
4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have supported those who stumbled, and you have strengthened the knees that gave way.
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 the same thing comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are terrified.
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 piety your confidence, and your blameless ways your hope?
7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?7Call to mind now: Who, being innocent, ever perished? And where were upright people ever 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! 8Even as I have seen, 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.10There is the roaring of the lion and the growling of the young lion, but 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 mighty 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 secretly brought to me, and my ear caught a whisper of it.
13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone. 13In the troubling thoughts of the dreams in the night when a deep sleep falls on men,
14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror. 14a trembling gripped me--and a terror!--and made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.15Then a breath of air passes by my face; it makes the hair of my flesh stand 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 stands still, but I cannot recognize its appearance; an image is before my eyes, and I hear a murmuring voice:
17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?' 17"Is a mortal man righteous before God? Or a man pure before his Creator?
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 attributes folly to his angels,
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 to those who live in houses of clay, 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 destroyed between morning and evening; 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 excess wealth taken away from them? They die, yet without attaining wisdom.
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