Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
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 impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?6Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and 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 roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, 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 strong 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.12“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
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 was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges 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 foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like the moth.
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
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