Job 4
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1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2“Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?2Should anyone try to speak with you when you are exhausted? Yet who can keep from speaking?
3“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.3Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.
4Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling and braced the knees that were buckling.
5But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.5But now that this has happened to you, you have become exhausted. It strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?6Isn't your piety your confidence, and the integrity of your life your hope?
7“Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?7Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent? Where have the honest been destroyed?
8My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.8In my experience, those who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same.
9A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.9They perish at a single blast from God and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.
10The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.10The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl, but the teeth of young lions are broken.
11The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.12A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.
13It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep.13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, when deep sleep comes over men,
14Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.14fear and trembling came over me and made all my bones shake.
15A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.15I felt a draft on my face, and the hair on my body stood up.
16The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,16A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a whispering voice:
17‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’17"Can a mortal be righteous before God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?"
18“If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness,18If God puts no trust in his servants and he charges his angels with foolishness,
19how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.19how much more those who dwell in clay houses, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like a moth!
20They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; they perish forever while no one notices.
21Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance.21Are their tent cords not pulled up? They die without wisdom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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