Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 Then answered Eliphas þe Themanyte and said vnto him: Job 4:2 Yf we beginne to commen with the peraduenture thou wilt be dyscontent, but who can withhold him selfe from speakinge? Job 4:3 Behold, thou hast bene a teacher of manye, and hast comforted the wery handes. Job 4:4 Thy wordes haue set vp those that were fallen, thou haste refreshed the weake knees. Job 4:5 But nowe that the plage is come vpon the thou shrenkest awaye: now that it hath touched thy self, thou arte 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 peryshed beynge an innocent? Or, when were the godly destroied? Job 4:8 As I haue sene them that plowe vanity and sowe malicie reape the same. Job 4:9 With the blast of God dyd they perysh, & with the breth of his anger consumed they awaye. Job 4:10 The roarynge of the lyon, the voyce of the lyonesse, and the teeth of the lyons whelpes are broken Job 4:11 The lyon perissheth, for lacke of praye & the lyons whelpes are scatered abrode.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 And vnto me was the worde hydde, and myne eare hathe receyued a lytell therof. Job 4:13 In the phantasyes and thoughtes of the vysyons of the nyght, when slepe cometh on men: Job 4:14 feare came vpon me and drede & made my bones to shake. Job 4:15 And when the wynd passed by before my presence it made the heares of my flesshe stande vp. Job 4:16 He stode there and I knew not his face, an ymage there was before me & there was stylnes, so that I heard thys voyce. Job 4:17 Shall man be moare iust then God? Or shall man be purer then his maker? Job 4:18 Behold there is no trust to his seruauntes, and in his aungelles hath he founde frowardnes. Job 4:19 How moche moare in them that dwell in houses of claye whose foundacion is but earth, which shalbe consumed by the Moth. Job 4:20 They shalbe smytten from þe mornynge vnto the euenyng yee they shall perysh euerlastynglye, and no man thincke theron. Job 4:21 Is not their dignitie taken awaye with them, they shall dye and not in wysdome.