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Job 4

   

Eliphaz: Innocent Do Not Suffer

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Job 4:1   Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
   
Job 4:2   "If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
   
Job 4:3   "Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
   
Job 4:4   "Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.
   
Job 4:5   "But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed.
   
Job 4:6   "Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
   
Job 4:7   "Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?
   
Job 4:8   "According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.
   
Job 4:9   "By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.
   
Job 4:10   "The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
   
Job 4:11   "The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
   
Job 4:12   "Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.
   
Job 4:13   "Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,
   
Job 4:14   Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake.
   
Job 4:15   "Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.
   
Job 4:16   "It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:
   
Job 4:17   'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
   
Job 4:18   'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.
   
Job 4:19   'How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!
   
Job 4:20   'Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.
   
Job 4:21   'Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.'
     
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