Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:1In reply, Eliphaz from Teman answered:
2“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?2"Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.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!
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you 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“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.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!
9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.9They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.
10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be 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 fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.11Full grown lions die when they cannot find prey; that's when the lion cubs are scattered.
12“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.12"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone.
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.
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 remained standing, but I couldn't recognize its appearance. A form appeared before my eyes; At first there was silence, and then this voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?'
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18"Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since 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 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?
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever—and no one notices!
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"
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.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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