Job 4

Eliphaz Speaks

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3 Look! You have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4 Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling, and braced the knees that were buckling.a
5 But now that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. It strikesb you, and you are dismayed.
6 Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your lifec your hope?d
7 Consider: who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?e
8 In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.f
9 They perish at a [single] blastg from God and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils.h
10 The lion may roar and the fierce lioni growl, but the fangs of young lions are broken.j
11 The strong lion dies if [it catches] no prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.k
12 A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.l
13 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleepm descends on men,
14 fear and trembling came over men and made all my bones shake.
15 A windo passed by me, and I shuddered with fear.p
16 [A figure] stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a quiet voice:
17 "Can a person be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?"q
18 If God puts no trust in His servants and He charges His angels with foolishness,rs
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust,t who are crushed like a moth!
20 They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; they perish forever while no one notices.u
21 Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.v