Coverdale Bible

Job 4

Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.

Job 4:1 Then answered Eliphas of Theman and sayde vnto him: Job 4:2 Yf we begynne to comon with the, peradueture thou wilt be myscontent, but who can witholde himself from speakynge? Job 4:3 Beholde, thou hast bene a teacher of many, and hast comforted the weery hondes. Job 4:4 Thy wordes haue set vp those that were fallen, thou hast refresshed the weake knees. Job 4:5 But now that the plage is come vpon the, thou shreckest awaye: now that it hath touched thyself, thou art faint harted. Job 4:6 Where is now thy feare of God, thy stedfastnesse, thy pacience, and the perfectnesse of thy life?

He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.

Job 4:7 Considre (I praye the) who euer peryshed, beynge an innocent? Or, when were the godly destroyed? Job 4:8 As for those that plowe wickednesse (as I haue sene myself) and sowe myschefe, they reape ye same. Job 4:9 For whe God bloweth vpon them, they perysh, and are destroyed thorow the blast of his wrath. Job 4:10 The roaringe of the lyon, the cryenge off the lyonesse, & ye teth off ye lyos whelpes are broke. Job 4:11 The greate lyon perysheth, because he ca get no pray and the lyons whelpes are scatred abrode.

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

Job 4:12 There is spoken vnto me a thynge in councell, which hath geuen a terrible sounde in myne eare, Job 4:13 with a vision in the night, when men are fallen a slepe. Job 4:14 Soch feare and drede came vpo me, that all my bones shoke. Job 4:15 And when the wynde passed ouer by me, the hayres of my flesh stode vp. Job 4:16 Then stode there one before me, whose face I knewe not: an ymage there was, and the wether was still, so that I herde this voyce: Job 4:17 Maye a man be iustified before God? Maye there eny man be iudged to be clene, by reason of his owne workes? Job 4:18 Beholde, he hath founde vnfaythfulnesse amonge his owne seruauntes, and proude disobedience amonge his angels. Job 4:19 How moch more the shal they (that dwell in houses of claye, whose foundacion is but earth) be moth eaten? Job 4:20 They shalbe destroyed from the mornynge vnto the euenynge: yee they shall perish, or euer they be awarre: Job 4:21 and be taken awaye so clene, that none of the shall remayne, but be deed, or euer they be awarre off it.

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