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Job 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:1 - Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:2 - “If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:3 - Behold, you have instructed many,
and you have strengthened the weak hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:4 - Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
and you have made firm the feeble knees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:5 - But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
it touches you, and you are dismayed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:6 - Is not your fear of God[fn] your confidence,
and the integrity of your ways your hope?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:7 - “Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:8 - As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
and sow trouble reap the same.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:9 - By the breath of God they perish,
and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:10 - The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,
the teeth of the young lions are broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:11 - The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:12 - “Now a word was brought to me stealthily;
my ear received the whisper of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:13 - Amid thoughts from visions of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:14 - dread came upon me, and trembling,
which made all my bones shake.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:15 - A spirit glided past my face;
the hair of my flesh stood up.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:16 - It stood still,
but I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes;
there was silence, then I heard a voice:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:17 - ‘Can mortal man be in the right before[fn] God?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:18 - Even in his servants he puts no trust,
and his angels he charges with error;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:19 - how much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like[fn] the moth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:20 - Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces;
they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 4:21 - Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,
do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew lacks of God
Or more than; twice in this verse
Or before

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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