Job 4 NIV


1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite1 replied:

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2 "If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?2

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3 Think how you have instructed many,3 how you have strengthened feeble hands.4

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4 Your words have supported those who stumbled;5 you have strengthened faltering knees.6
5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;7 it strikes8 you, and you are dismayed.9

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6 Should not your piety be your confidence10 and your blameless11 ways your hope?

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7 "Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?12 Where were the upright ever destroyed?13

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8 As I have observed,14 those who plow evil15 and those who sow trouble reap it.16

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9 At the breath of God17 they are destroyed; at the blast of his anger they perish.18

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10 The lions may roar19 and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions20 are broken.21

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11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,22 and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.23

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12 "A word24 was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper25 of it.26

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13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,27

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14 fear and trembling28 seized me and made all my bones shake.29

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15 A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.30

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16 It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:31

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17 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God?32 Can a man be more pure than his Maker?33
18 If God places no trust in his servants,34 if he charges his angels with error,35

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19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,36 whose foundations37 are in the dust,38 who are crushed39 more readily than a moth!40

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20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.41

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21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,42 so that they die43 without wisdom?'a44

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    • a 4:21 - Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 17.