Job 4 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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Eliphaz tries to comfort Job

1 Then Eliphaz, a native of Teman, responded: 2 If one tries to answer you, will you be annoyed? But who can hold words back? 3 Look, you've instructed many and given strength to drooping hands. 4 Your words have raised up the falling; you've steadied failing knees. 5 But now it comes to you, and you are dismayed; it has struck you, and you are frightened. 6 Isn't your religion the source ofa your confidence; the integrity of your conduct, the source of your hope?

Sinners don’t live long

7 Think! What innocent person has ever perished? When have those who do the right thing been destroyed? 8 As I've observed, those who plow sin and sow trouble will harvest it. 9 When God breathes deeply, they perish; by a breath of his nostril they are annihilated. 10 The roar of a lion and snarl of the king of beasts— yet the teeth of lions are shattered; 11 the lion perishes without prey, and its cubs are scattered.

A frightening dream

12 But a word sneaked up on me; my ears caught a hint of it. 13 In profound thoughts, visions of night, when deep sleep falls on people, 14 fear and dread struck me; all of my bones shook. 15 A breeze swept by my face; the hair of my skin bristled. 16 It stopped. I didn't recognize its visible form, although a figure was in front of my eyes. Silence! Then I heard a voice: 17 "Can a human be more righteous than God, a person purer than their maker?"

Its interpretation

18 If he doesn't trust his servants and levels a charge against his messengers, 19 how much less those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundations are in dust, and who are crushed like a moth? 20 They are smashed between morning and evening; they perish forever without anyone knowing. 21 Isn't their tent cord pulled up? They die without wisdom.b
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