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?2If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?6Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.9By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and 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 perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15Then a spirit passed before 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 the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.19How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
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