Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and said, Job 4:2 [If] we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieued? But who can withhold himselfe from speaking? Job 4:3 Beholde, Thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weake hands. Job 4:4 Thy words haue vpholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. Job 4:5 But now it is come vpon thee, and thou faintest, it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:6 [Is] not this thy feare, thy confidence; the vprightnesse of thy wayes and thy hope?
He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who [euer] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Job 4:8 Euen as I haue seene, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickednsse, reape the same. Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. Job 4:10 The roaring of the Lyon, and the voice of the fierce Lyon, and the teeth of the yong Lyons are broken. Job 4:11 The old Lyon perisheth for lacke of pray, and the stout Lyons whelpes are scattered abroad.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 Nowe a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine eare receiued a litle thereof. Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deepe sleepe falleth on men: Job 4:14 Feare came vpon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face: the haire of my flesh stood vp. Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discerne the forme thereof: an image [was] before mine eyes, [there was] silence, and I heard a voyce, [saying], Job 4:17 Shall mortall man be more iust then God? shall a man bee more pure then his maker? Job 4:18 Behold, hee put no trust in his seruants; and his Angels hee charged with folly: Job 4:19 Howe much lesse [on] them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth. Job 4:20 They are destroyed from morning to euening: they perish for euer, without any regarding [it]. Job 4:21 Doeth not their excellencie [which is] in them, goe away? they die, euen without wisedome.