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Job 4

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Eliphaz reproves Job for want of religion.

4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,

4:2 “If someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?

4:3 Behold, you have instructed many,
you have strengthened the weak hands.

4:4 Your words have supported him who was falling,
You have made firm the feeble knees.

4:5 But now it is come to you, and you faint.
It touches you, and you are troubled.

4:6 Isn’t your piety your confidence?
Isn’t the integrity of your ways your hope?

He teaches God's judgments to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.

4:7 “Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent?
Or where were the upright cut off?

4:8 According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity,
and sow trouble,
reap the same.

4:9 By the breath of God they perish.
By the blast of his anger are they consumed.

4:10 The roaring of the lion,
and the voice of the fierce lion,
the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

4:11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey.
The cubs of the lioness are scattered abroad.

His fearful vision to humble the excellency of creatures before God.

4:12 “Now a thing was secretly brought to me.
My ear received a whisper of it.

4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,

4:14 fear came on me, and trembling,
which made all my bones shake.

4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face.
The hair of my flesh stood up.

4:16 It stood still, but I couldn’t discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes.
Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

4:17 ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God?
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

4:18 Behold, he puts no trust in his servants.
He charges his angels with error.

4:19 How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed before the moth!

4:20 Between morning and evening they are destroyed.
They perish forever without any regarding it.

4:21 Isn’t their tent cord plucked up within them?
They die, and that without wisdom.’

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