Job 4 – New International Version (NIV)
- Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
- “If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?
- Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
- Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.
- But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
- Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?
- “Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?
- As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.
- At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.
- The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
- The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
- “A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.
- Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,
- fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake.
- A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.
- It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:
- ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
- If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his angels with error,
- how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth!
- Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.
- Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?’
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Job 4 – King James Version (KJV)
- Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
- If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
- Behold, thou hast instructed many, And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
- Thy words have upholden him that was falling, And thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
- But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
- Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, Thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
- Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?
- Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow wickedness, reap the same.
- By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
- The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
- The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, And the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.
- Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a little thereof.
- In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falleth on men,
- Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones to shake.
- Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up:
- It stood still, But I could not discern the form thereof: An image was before mine eyes, There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
- Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his maker?
- Behold, he put no trust in his servants; And his angels he charged with folly:
- How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Which are crushed before the moth?
- They are destroyed from morning to evening: They perish for ever without any regarding it.
- Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? They die, even without wisdom.