Job 4 ESV

Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

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      2 "If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?
      3 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have 1strengthened the weak hands.

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      4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have 2made firm the feeble knees.

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        • 81 4:4 - [See ver. 3 above]
          5 But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.
          6 3Is not your fear of Goda your 4confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?

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            • f 4:6 - Hebrew lacks of God
              7 "Remember: 5who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?

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              8 As I have seen, those who 6plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

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              9 By 7the breath of God they perish, and by 8the blast of his anger they are consumed.

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              10 The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, 9the teeth of the young lions are broken.

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              11 The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
              12 "Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received 10the whisper of it.

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              13 Amid 11thoughts from 12visions of the night, when 13deep sleep falls on men,
              14 dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
              15 A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
              16 It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. 14A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard 15a voice:

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              17 16'Can mortal man be in the right beforeb God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

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                • g 4:17 - Or more than; twice in this verse
                  18 Even in his servants 17he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error;

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                  19 how much more those who dwell in houses of 18clay, whose foundation is in 19the dust, who are crushed like 20the moth.

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                  20 Between 21morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever 22without anyone regarding it.

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                  21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, 23do they not die, and that without wisdom?'

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