Job 4

Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
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.
4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have 2made firm the feeble knees.
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?
7 "Remember: 5who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?
8 As I have seen, those who 6plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
9 By 7the breath of God they perish, and by 8the blast of his anger they are consumed.
10 The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, 9the teeth of the young lions are broken.
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.
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:
17 16'Can mortal man be in the right beforeb God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18 Even in his servants 17he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error;
19 how much more those who dwell in houses of 18clay, whose foundation is in 19the dust, who are crushed like 20the moth.
20 Between 21morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever 22without anyone regarding it.
21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, 23do they not die, and that without wisdom?'
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