Job 4
New King James VersionNew Living Translation
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:
2If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?2“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?
3Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands.3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.
4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.
5But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled.5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.
6Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?
7“Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?
8Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.
9By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.
10The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.
12“Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it.12“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.
13In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair 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:16The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,
17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’
18If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers 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 less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.
20They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.
21Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.’21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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