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4Â Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2Â If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3Â Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4Â Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5Â But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6Â Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7Â Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8Â Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9Â By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10Â The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11Â The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.
12Â Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13Â In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14Â Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15Â Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16Â 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,
17Â Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18Â Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19Â How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20Â They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21Â Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
5Â Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
2Â For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
3Â I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4Â His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5Â Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
6Â Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
7Â Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8Â I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
9Â Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
10Â Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
11Â To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
12Â He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13Â He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
14Â They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.
15Â But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
16Â So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
17Â Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
18Â For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
19Â He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
20Â In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21Â Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
22Â At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23Â For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
24Â And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.
25Â Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
26Â Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
27Â Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.
6Â But Job answered and said,
2Â Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!
3Â For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
4Â For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
5Â Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
6Â Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7Â The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.
8Â Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!
9Â Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
10Â Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
11Â What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
12Â Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?
13Â Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?
14Â To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
15Â My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;
16Â Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
17Â What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
18Â The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.
19Â The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.
20Â They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
21Â For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.
22Â Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
23Â Or, Deliver me from the enemy’s hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?
24Â Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
25Â How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?
26Â Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
27Â Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.
28Â Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.
29Â Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
30Â Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?
7Â Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
2Â As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:
3Â So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
4Â When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.
5Â My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
6Â My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.
7Â O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
8Â The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.
9Â As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
10Â He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
11Â Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12Â Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
13Â When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;
14Â Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
15Â So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
16Â I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.
17Â What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
18Â And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
19Â How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
20Â I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
21Â And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.