Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 And Eliphas the Themanyte answered, and sayde: Job 4:2 Yf we begynne to commen with the, wylt thou be discontent? but who can withhold him selfe from speakinge? Job 4:3 Behold, thou hast bene a chastener of many, and hast comforted the weery handes. 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, þu art greued: now þt it hath touched thy selfe, thou art faynt harted. Job 4:6 Is not this thy feare, thy stedfastnesse, thy pacience, and the perfectnesse of thy wayes?
He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.
Job 4:7 Consydre (I praye the) whoeuer perysshed beynge an innocent? Or, when were the godly destroyed? Job 4:8 For (as I haue proued by experience) they þt plowe iniquytie, & sowe wretchednesse, reape the same. Job 4:9 With the blast of God they perish, and with the breth of hys nastrels are they consumed awaye. Job 4:10 The roaryng of the lyon, and the voyce of the lyon, & the teeth of the lyons whelpes are pulled out. Job 4:11 The lyon perissheth for lacke of praye, and the lyons whelpes are scatered abrode.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 And vnto me came the worde secretly, & myne eare hath receaueth a lytell therof. Job 4:13 In the thoughtes and visyons of the night (when slepe commeth on men) Job 4:14 feare came vpon me, and drede, which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:15 The wynde passed by, before my presence, and made the heares of my flesh to stande vp. Job 4:16 He stode there, and I knew not hys face, an ymage ther was before myne eyes, and in the stylnesse hearde I a voyce. Job 4:17 Shall man be more iust than God? Or shall a man be purer than hys maker? Job 4:18 Beholde, He founde no treuth in hys seruauntes, and in hys aungels ther was foly. Job 4:19 How moch more in them that dwell in houses of claye, and whose foundacyon is but dust: which shalbe consumed as it were with a Moth? Job 4:20 They shalbe smitten from the mornynge vnto the euenyng: yee, they shall perysh for euer, when no man thincketh theron. Job 4:21 It is not their royaltye gone awaye with them: they shal dye trulye, and not in wysdome.