First Series of Speeches
Eliphaz Speaks1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 2 Should anyone try to speak with you
when you are exhausted?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
3 Indeed, you have instructed many
and have strengthened a weak hands.
4 Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling
and braced the knees that were buckling. b
5 But now that this has happened to you,
you have become exhausted.
It strikes c you, and you are dismayed.
6 Isn’t your piety your confidence,
and the integrity of your life ▼
▼Lit waysyour hope? e
7 Consider: who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest been destroyed? f
8 In my experience, those who plow injustice
and those who sow trouble g reap the same. h
9 They perish at a single blast i from God
and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils. j
10 The lion may roar and the fierce lion k growl,
but the fangs of young lions are broken. l
11 The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. m
12 A word was brought to me in secret;
my ears caught a whisper of it. n
13 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night o
when deep sleep p descends on men,
14 fear and trembling came over me q
and made all my bones shake.
15 A wind ▼
▼Or A spiritpassed by me,
and I shuddered with fear. ▼
▼Or and the hair on my body stood up
16 A figure stood there,
but I could not recognize its appearance;
a form loomed before my eyes.
I heard a quiet voice:
17 “Can a person be more righteous than God,
or a man more pure than his Maker?” t
18 If God puts no trust in His servants
and He charges His angels with foolishness ▼
▼Or error; Hb obscure, v
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses w
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20 They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices. x
21 Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom. y
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