American Standard Version

Job 4

Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.

Job 4:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, Job 4:2 If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking? Job 4:3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, And thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Job 4:4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, And thou hast made firm the feeble knees. Job 4:5 But now it is come unto thee, and thou faintest; It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:6 Is not thy fear [of God] thy confidence, [And] the integrity of thy ways 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 [ever] perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off? Job 4:8 According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow trouble, reap the same. Job 4:9 By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of his anger are they consumed. 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 old lion perisheth for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.

Job 4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof. Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falleth on men, Job 4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up. Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes: [There was] silence, and I heard a voice, [saying], Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker? Job 4:18 Behold, he putteth no trust in his servants; And his angels he chargeth with folly: Job 4:19 How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth! Job 4:20 Betwixt morning and evening they are destroyed: They perish for ever without any regarding it. Job 4:21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.

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