Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:
2"If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?2"Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this?
3Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.
4Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.
5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.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!
6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless 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"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?
8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.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!
9At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.
10The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great 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 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"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.
13Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone.
14fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror.
15A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.
16It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice: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:
17Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong 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 God places 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 live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than 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?
20Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!
21Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die 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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