Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2"If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?2Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.3Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling and braced the knees that were buckling.
5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.5But now that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?6Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?7Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?
8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.8In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.9They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.
10The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.10The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl, but the teeth of young lions are broken.
11The 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"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.12A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep comes over men,
14fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.15I felt a draft on my face, and the hair on my body stood up.
16It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:16A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a whispering voice:
17Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?17"Can a mortal be righteous before God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?"
18If God places 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 live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!19how much more those who dwell in clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like a moth!
20Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; they perish forever while no one notices.
21Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'21Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.
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