2 “If someone tried to speak with you, would you be ·upset [or discouraged]? I cannot keep from speaking. 3 Think about the many people you have taught and the weak hands you have made strong. 4 Your words have ·comforted [L lifted up] those who ·fell [stumbled], and you have strengthened those ·who could not stand [L with weak knees]. 5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; ·trouble hits [L it touches] you, and you are ·terrified [disturbed]. 6 ·You should have [Shouldn’t you have…?] confidence because you ·respect [fear; have awe for] God; ·you should [should you not…?] have hope because ·you are innocent [L of your innocent ways].
7 “Remember ·that the innocent will not die [L who being innocent/blameless has perished…?]; ·honest people will never be [L when were the honest/virtuous…? ] destroyed. 8 I have ·noticed [seen] that people who plow ·evil [wickedness] and plant trouble, harvest it. 9 God’s breath destroys them, and a blast of his anger ·kills [finishes] them. 10 Lions may roar and lion cubs growl, but when the teeth of a strong lion are broken, 11 that lion dies ·of hunger [L without prey]. The cubs of the mother lion are scattered [C the wicked may briefly prosper but will ultimately perish].
12 “A word ·was brought to me in secret [L stole over me], and my ears heard a whisper of it [C Eliphaz claims a supernatural revelation that supports his teaching]. 13 It was during ·a nightmare [L anxious thoughts of a night vision] when people are in deep sleep. 14 I was trembling with fear; all my bones were shaking. 15 A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my ·body [L skin] stood on end. 16 The spirit stopped, but I could not see what it was. A shape stood before my eyes, and I heard a quiet voice. 17 It said, ‘Can a human be more right than God? Can a person be pure before his maker? [C the implied answer is no] 18 God does not trust his ·angels [L servants]; he blames ·them [L angels] for mistakes. 19 So ·he puts even more blame on [L what about…?] people who live in clay houses [C physical bodies], whose foundations are made of dust [Gen. 2:7], who can be crushed like a moth. 20 Between ·dawn and sunset [L morning and evening] many people are broken to pieces; without being noticed, they die and are gone forever. 21 The ropes of their tents are pulled up, and they die without wisdom.’
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