Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, Job 4:2 [If] we essay to commune with thee, wilt 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 upheld him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. Job 4:5 But now it hath come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Job 4:6 [Is] not [this] thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.
Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off; Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. Job 4:10 The roaring 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 stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it. Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men. Job 4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: Job 4:16 It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image [was] before my eyes, [there was] silence, and I heard a voice, [saying], Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Job 4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: Job 4:19 How much less [in] them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [who] are crushed before the moth? Job 4:20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding [it]. Job 4:21 Doth not their excellence [which is] in them depart? they die, even without wisdom.