2 “If someone tried to speak with you, would you be upset? 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 those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand. 5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; trouble hits you, and you are terrified. 6 You should have confidence because you respect God; you should have hope because you are innocent.
7 “Remember that the innocent will not die; honest people will never be destroyed. 8 I have noticed that people who plow evil and plant trouble, harvest it. 9 God’s breath destroys them, and a blast of his anger kills them. 10 Lions may roar and growl, but when the teeth of a strong lion are broken, 11 that lion dies of hunger. The cubs of the mother lion are scattered.
12 “A word was brought to me in secret, and my ears heard a whisper of it. 13 It was during a nightmare 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 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? 18 God does not trust his angels; he blames them for mistakes. 19 So he puts even more blame on people who live in clay houses,[a] whose foundations are made of dust, who can be crushed like a moth. 20 Between dawn and sunset 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.’
4:19clay houses This is probably talking about people’s bodies.
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