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Eliphaz: God is Righteous

Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded and said:

“If one attempts a word with you, will you become impatient?
But who can keep from speaking?
Behold, you have instructed many;
    you have strengthened weak hands.
Your words have supported those who stumbled,
    and strengthened buckling knees.
Yet now it has come to you,
    and you are discouraged;
it strikes you,
    and you are dismayed.

Is not your piety your confidence,
    the integrity of your ways your hope?
Reflect now:
    Who, being innocent, ever perished?
    And where were the upright destroyed?
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
    and sow harm, reap them.[a]
By the breath[b] of God they perish;
    by the blast of His anger they vanish.[c]
10 The lion may roar and the cub growl,
    but the teeth of young lions are broken.
11 The mighty lion perishes for lack of prey
    and the lioness’ cubs are scattered.

Testimony of an Accusing Spirit

12 Now a word was secretly brought to me,
    and my ear caught a whisper of it.
13 Amid unsettling visions in the night,
    when a deep sleep falls on men,
14 dread and trembling seized me,
    and made my bones shake.
15 Then a spirit brushed over my face,
    and the hair of my flesh stood on end.
16 It stood still,
    but I could not recognize its appearance,
A form was before my eyes
    and I heard a murmur, a voice:
17 ‘Can a mortal be righteous before God;
    or a man pure before his Creator?
18 If He puts no trust in His servants
    and accuses His angels of error,
19 how much more those
    who dwell in houses of clay,
    whose foundation is in the dust,
    who are crushed before the moth?
20 From morning until evening they are beaten into pieces—
    unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Is not their tent cord pulled out,
    so that they die without wisdom.’”

Footnotes

  1. Job 4:8 cf. Gal. 6:7.
  2. Job 4:9 Heb. ruach, lit. wind.
  3. Job 4:9 cf. 2 Thes. 2:8.

Eliphaz

Then Eliphaz the Temanite(A) replied:

“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
    But who can keep from speaking?(B)
Think how you have instructed many,(C)
    how you have strengthened feeble hands.(D)
Your words have supported those who stumbled;(E)
    you have strengthened faltering knees.(F)
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;(G)
    it strikes(H) you, and you are dismayed.(I)
Should not your piety be your confidence(J)
    and your blameless(K) ways your hope?

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?(L)
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?(M)
As I have observed,(N) those who plow evil(O)
    and those who sow trouble reap it.(P)
At the breath of God(Q) they perish;
    at the blast of his anger they are no more.(R)
10 The lions may roar(S) and growl,
    yet the teeth of the great lions(T) are broken.(U)
11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,(V)
    and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.(W)

12 “A word(X) was secretly brought to me,
    my ears caught a whisper(Y) of it.(Z)
13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people,(AA)
14 fear and trembling(AB) seized me
    and made all my bones shake.(AC)
15 A spirit glided past my face,
    and the hair on my body stood on end.(AD)
16 It stopped,
    but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
    and I heard a hushed voice:(AE)
17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?(AF)
    Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?(AG)
18 If God places no trust in his servants,(AH)
    if he charges his angels with error,(AI)
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,(AJ)
    whose foundations(AK) are in the dust,(AL)
    who are crushed(AM) more readily than a moth!(AN)
20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
    unnoticed, they perish forever.(AO)
21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,(AP)
    so that they die(AQ) without wisdom?’(AR)

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