Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?2"If someone should attempt a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4Your words have supported those who stumbled, and you have strengthened the knees that gave way.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now the same thing comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are terrified.
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?6Is not your piety your confidence, and your blameless ways your hope?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7Call to mind now: Who, being innocent, ever perished? And where were upright people ever destroyed?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8Even as I have seen, 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.10There is the roaring of the lion and the growling of the young lion, but 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 mighty 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 secretly brought to me, and my ear caught a whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13In the troubling thoughts of the dreams in the night when a deep sleep falls on men,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14a trembling gripped me--and a terror!--and made all my bones shake.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15Then a breath of air passes by my face; it makes the hair of my flesh stand 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 stands still, but I cannot recognize its appearance; an image is before my eyes, and I hear a murmuring voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17"Is a mortal man righteous before God? Or a man pure before his Creator?
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 attributes folly to his angels,
19how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.19how much more to those who live in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like a moth?
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20They are destroyed between morning and evening; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Is not their excess wealth taken away from them? They die, yet without attaining wisdom.
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