Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, Job 4:2 If a word were essayed to thee, wouldest thou be grieved? But who can refrain 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 stumbling, and thou hast braced up the bending knees: Job 4:5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou grievest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:6 Hath not thy piety been thy confidence, and the perfection 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 that was innocent has perished? and where were the upright cut off? Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same. Job 4:9 By the breath of +God they perish, and by the blast of his nostrils are they consumed. Job 4:10 The roar 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.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof. Job 4:13 In thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men: Job 4:14 Fear came on me, and trembling, and made all my bones to shake; Job 4:15 And a spirit passed before my facethe hair of my flesh stood up Job 4:16 It stood still; I could not discern the appearance thereof: a form was before mine eyes; I heard a slight murmur and a voice: Job 4:17 Shall [mortal] man be more just than +God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker? Job 4:18 Lo, he trusteth not 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 as the moth! Job 4:20 From morning to evening are they smitten: without any heeding it, they perish for ever. Job 4:21 Is not their tent-cord torn away in them? they die, and without wisdom.