x[Isa. 42:25; 57:1]
Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: 2 “If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Behold, you have instructed many,
and you have astrengthened the weak hands.
4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
and you have bmade firm the feeble knees.
5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
it touches you, and you are dismayed.
6 cIs not your fear of God ▼
▼Hebrew lacks of Godyour econfidence,
and the integrity of your ways your hope?
7 “Remember: fwho that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?
8As I have seen, those who gplow iniquity
and sow trouble reap the same.
9By hthe breath of God they perish,
and by ithe blast of his anger they are consumed.
10The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,
jthe teeth of the young lions are broken.
11The 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 kthe whisper of it.
13Amid lthoughts from mvisions of the night,
when ndeep sleep falls on men,
14dread came upon me, and trembling,
which made all my bones shake.
15A spirit glided past my face;
the hair of my flesh stood up.
16It stood still,
but I could not discern its appearance.
oA form was before my eyes;
there was silence, then I heard pa voice:
17 q‘Can mortal man be in the right before ▼
▼Or more than; twice in this verseGod?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18Even in his servants she puts no trust,
and his angels he charges with error;
19how much more those who dwell in houses of tclay,
whose foundation is in uthe dust,
who are crushed like vthe moth.
20Between wmorning and evening they are beaten to pieces;
they perish forever xwithout anyone regarding it.
21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,
ydo they not die, and that without wisdom?’
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