First Speech of Eliphaz
4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
4:2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?
but who can withhold himself from speaking?
4:3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast
strengthened the weak hands.
4:4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou
hast strengthened the feeble knees.
4:5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it
toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
4:6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the
uprightness of thy ways?
4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being
innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow
wickedness, reap the same.
4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of
his nostrils are they consumed.
4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce
lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
4:11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout
lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear
received a little thereof.
4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep
sleep falleth on men,
4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my
bones to shake.
4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my
flesh stood up:
4:16 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,
4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be
more pure than his maker?
4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his
angels he charged with folly:
4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay,
whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before
4:20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they
perish for ever without any regarding it.
4:21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away?
they die, even without wisdom.