||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 4 [Commentary] |
||Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
||"If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient?
But who can refrain from speaking?
||"Behold you have admonished many,
And you have strengthened weak hands.
||"Your words have helped the tottering to stand,
And you have strengthened feeble knees.
||"But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
It touches you, and you are dismayed.
||"Is not your fear of God your confidence,
And the integrity of your ways your hope?
||"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
Or where were the upright destroyed?
||"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity
And those who sow trouble harvest it.
||"By the breath of God they perish,
And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.
||"The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion,
And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
||"The lion perishes for lack of prey,
And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
||"Now a word was brought to me stealthily,
And my ear received a whisper of it.
||"Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
||Dread came upon me, and trembling,
And made all my bones shake.
||"Then a spirit passed by my face;
The hair of my flesh bristled up.
||"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;
A form was before my eyes;
There was silence, then I heard a voice:
||`Can mankind be just before God?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?
||`He puts no trust even in His servants;
And against His angels He charges error.
||`How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
||`Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces;
Unobserved, they perish forever.
||`Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, yet without wisdom.'
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