Job 4
New King James VersionHolman Christian Standard Bible
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?2Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands.3Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling and braced the knees that were buckling.
5But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled.5But now that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?6Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?7Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?
8Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.8In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.9They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils.
10The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.10The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl, but the fangs of young lions are broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12“Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it.12A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep descends on men,
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.15A wind passed by me, and I shuddered with fear.
16It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying:16A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a quiet voice:
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?17"Can a person be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?"
18If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,18If God puts no trust in His servants and He charges His angels with foolishness,
19How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before 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 broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; they perish forever while no one notices.
21Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’21Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Job 3
Top of Page
Top of Page