Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be wearied? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Surely you have instructed many, and have strengthened their feeble hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4Your words have steadied those who stumbled; you have braced the knees that were buckling.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now trouble has come upon you, and you are weary. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?6Is your reverence not your confidence, and the uprightness of your ways your hope?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7Consider now, I plead: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Or where have the upright been destroyed?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.
10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.10The lion may roar, and the fierce lion may growl, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.12Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shudder.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15Then a spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body bristled.
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,16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes, and I heard a whispering voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18If God puts no trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error,
19how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who can be crushed like a moth!
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Are not their tent cords pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’
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