Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 And Eliphas the Themanite aunswered, & sayde: Job 4:2 If we assay to come with thee, wilt thou be discontent? But who can withhold him selfe from speaking? Job 4:3 Beholde, thou hast ben an instructer of many, & hast strenghtned the weery handes: Job 4:4 Thy wordes haue set vp him that was falling, thou hast refreshed the weake knees. Job 4:5 But nowe it is come vpon thee, and thou art greeued: it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:6 Was not thy feare according to thy hope? and the perfectnesse of thy wayes according to thy expectation?
He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.
Job 4:7 Consider I pray thee who euer perished beyng an innocent? or when were the godly destroyed? Job 4:8 For as I haue proued by experience, they that plow iniquitie & sow wretchednesse, reape the same. Job 4:9 With the blast of God they perishe, with the breath of his nostrels are they consumed away. Job 4:10 The roring of the lion, and the voyce of the lion, and the teeth of the lions whelpes are pulled out. Job 4:11 The lion perisheth for lake of pray, & the lions whelpes are scattered abrode.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 But wheras a thing was hyd from me, yet myne care hath receaued a litle therof. Job 4:13 In the thoughtes and visions of the night when sleepe commeth on men, Job 4:14 Feare came vpon me & dread, which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:15 The winde passed by before my presence, and made the heeres of my fleshe to stande vp. Job 4:16 He stoode thereon and I knewe not his face, an image there was before myne eyes, and in the stilnesse hearde I a voyce. Job 4:17 Shall man be more iust then God? or shall a man be purer then his maker? Job 4:18 Beholde, he founde not trueth in his seruauntes, and in his angels there was folly: Job 4:19 Howe much more in them that dwel in houses of clay, and whose foundation is but dust, which shall be consumed as it were with a moth? Job 4:20 They shalbe smitten from the morning vnto the euening: yea they shall perishe for euer, when no man regardeth them. Job 4:21 Is not their royaltie gone away with them? they shall dye truely, and not in wysdome.