Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2"If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.3Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.
4Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.
6Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?6Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?7“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?
8As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.8As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
9At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.9By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
10The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.10The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.11The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.12“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.
13Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,13Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
14fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.14dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.15A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.
16It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:
17Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?17‘Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his angels with error,18Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error;
19how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!19how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like the moth.
20Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.20Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
21Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them, do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
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