Eliphaz’s First Response to Job

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 "[If] someone would test a word with you, would you be offended? But who can refrain from speaking?
3 Look, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened weak hands.
4 Your words have raised up [the one who] stumbles, and you have strengthened knees giving way.
5 But now it has come to you, and you are worn out; it touches you, and you are horrified.
6 [Is] not your fear [in God] your confidence? [Is not] your hope even the integrity of your ways?
7 "{Think} now, who has perished [who is] innocent? Or where [are] the upright destroyed?
8 [Just] as I have seen, plowers of mischief and sowers of trouble will reap it.
9 By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they come to an end.
10 [The] roar of [the] lion and [the] voice of a lion in its prime, and [the] teeth of [the] young lions are broken.
11 [The] lion is perishing without prey, and [the] lion's whelps are scattered.
12 "And a word came stealing to me, and my ear received [the] whisper from it.
13 Amid troubling thoughts from night visions, at [the] falling of deep sleep on men,
14 dread met me, and trembling, and it made many of my bones shake.
15 And a spirit glided before my face; the hair of my flesh bristled.
16 It stood still, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form [was] {before} my eyes; [there was] a hush, and I heard a voice:
17 'Can a human being be more righteous than God, or can a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 Look, he does not trust in his servants and he charges his angels with error.
19 How much more dwellers in clay houses, whose foundation [is] in the dust? They are crushed like a moth.
20 {Between morning and evening} they are destroyed; without [anyone] regarding [it] they perish forever.
21 [Is] not their tent cord pulled up within them? They die, but not in wisdom.'