Job 4:1-21 NIV

Job 4:1-21 NIV [1] Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: [2] "If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking? [3] Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. [4] Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. [5] But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. [6] Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope? [7] "Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? [8] As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. [9] At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more. [10] The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken. [11] The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. [12] "A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it. [13] Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people, [14] fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake. [15] A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end. [16] It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice: [17] 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker? [18] If God places no trust in his servants, if he charges his angels with error, [19] how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundations are in the dust, who are crushed more readily than a moth! [20] Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever. [21] Are not the cords of their tent pulled up, so that they die without wisdom?'

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