Job 4 NIV

Eliphaz

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

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

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

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

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6 Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

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

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8 As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

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9 At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.

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10 The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.

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

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12 “A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.

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

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14 fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.

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

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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:

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17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his angels with error,

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19 how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!

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

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21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’

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