Job 4

Eliphaz: Innocent Do Not Suffer

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite
Lit answered and said
2If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient?
But b  who can refrain
Lit in words
from speaking?
3Behold d  you have admonished many,
And you have strengthened weak hands.
4Your words have
Lit caused
helped the tottering to stand,
And you have strengthened
Lit bowing
feeble knees.
5But now it has come to you, and you g  are impatient;
It h  touches you, and you are dismayed.
6“Is not your
Or reverence
j  fear of God k  your confidence,
And the integrity of your ways your hope?

7Remember now l  who ever perished being innocent?
Or where were the upright destroyed?
8According to what I have seen m  those who plow iniquity
And those who sow trouble harvest it.
9“By n  the breath of God they perish,
And o  by the
Lit wind
blast of His anger they come to an end.
10“The q  roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion,
And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11“The r  lion perishes for lack of prey,
And the s  whelps of the lioness are scattered.

12Now a word t  was brought to me stealthily,
And my ear received a u  whisper of it.
13Amid disquieting v  thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
14Dread came upon me, and trembling,
And made
Lit the multitude of
all my bones shake.
15“Then a
Or breath passed over
spirit passed by my face;
The hair of my flesh bristled up.
16It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;
A form was before my eyes;
There was silence, then I heard a voice:
17‘Can y  mankind be just
Lit from
before God?
Can a man be pure
Lit from
before his ab  Maker?
18ac  He puts no trust even in His servants;
And against His angels He charges error.
19How much more those who dwell in ad  houses of clay,
Whose ae  foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
20af  Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces;
Unobserved, they ag  perish forever.
21‘Is not their ah  tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, yet ai  without wisdom.’

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