Job 4

1 Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion: 7 He teacheth God's judgments to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked: 12 His fearful vision to humble the excellencies of creatures before God.

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2If we try to speak with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can restrain from speaking?
to...: Heb. a word
withhold...: Heb. refrain from words?
3Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 4Thy words have upheld him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. 5But now it hath come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. 6Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

7Remember, I pray thee, who everperished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? 8Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
by the breath...: that is, by his anger
10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. 11The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.

12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a whisper of it.
secretly: Heb. by stealth
13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
came...: Heb. met
all: Heb. the multitude of
15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: 16It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
there...: or, I heard a still voice
17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? 18Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
and his...: or, nor in his angels, in whom he put light
19How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth? 20They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it .
destroyed: Heb. beaten in pieces
21Doth not their excellency which is in them depart? they die, even without wisdom.
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