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 someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Think how you have instructed many, how 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; you have strengthened faltering knees.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; 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?6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.9At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.10The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.11The 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"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.
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 stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18If God places no trust in his servants, if 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 live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'
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