Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:
2If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?2"Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this?
3Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands.3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.
4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.
5But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled.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!
6Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?6"Your fear of God has been your confidence, hasn't it? The integrity of your life has been your hope, hasn't it?
7“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?
8Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.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!
9By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.
10The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.10"The lioness may roar, and the lion cub may growl; but even the ivory teeth of the full grown lion are broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11Full grown lions die when they cannot find prey; that's when the lion cubs are scattered.
12“Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it.12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.
13In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone.
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.
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: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:
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?'
18If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,18"Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since he charges his angels with error,
19How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before a moth?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?
20They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!
21Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"
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