Job 4
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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?2"If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?
3Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands.3Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;4Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.
5But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled.5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?
7“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?7"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?
8Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
9By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.9At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.10The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The lion perishes for lack of 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.12"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.
13In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,13Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.14fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.15A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.
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 stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?17Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,18If God places no trust in his servants, if 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 more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.20Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.
21Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’21Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'
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