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Job: Chapter 4

Eliphaz reproves Job for lack of religion, 1-6. He teaches God's judgments to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked, 7-11. His fearful vision to humble the excellency of creatures before God, 12-21.

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

2 "If we essay to commune with you, will you be grieved? But who can refrain from speaking?

3 Behold, you have instructed many and you have strengthened the weak hands.

4 Your words have upheld him who was falling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees.

5 But now it has come upon you, and you faint. It touches you, and you are troubled.

6 Is this not your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness of your ways?

7 Remember, I pray you: whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?

8 Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow wickedness reap the same.

9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils they are consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken.

11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I could not discern its form. An image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

17 'Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his maker?

18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants, and his angels he charged with folly.

19 How much less in those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth?

20 They are destroyed from morning to evening. They perish forever without any regarding it.

21 Does their excellence which is in them not depart? They die, even without wisdom.'"