- And Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,
- If one says a word, will it be a weariness to you?
but who is able to keep from saying what is in his mind?
- Truly, you have been a helper to others, and you have made feeble hands strong;
- He who was near to falling has been lifted up by your words, and you have given strength to bent knees.
- But now it has come on you and it is a weariness to you;
you are touched by it and your mind is troubled.
- Is not your fear of God your support, and your upright way of life your hope?
- Have you ever seen destruction come to an upright man?
or when were the god-fearing ever cut off?
- What I have seen is that those by whom trouble has been ploughed, and evil planted, get the same for themselves.
- By the breath of God destruction takes them, and by the wind of his wrath they are cut off.
- Though the noise of the lion and the sounding of his voice, may be loud, the teeth of the young lions are broken.
- The old lion comes to his end for need of food, and the young of the she-lion go wandering in all directions.
- A word was given to me secretly, and the low sound of it came to my ears.
- In troubled thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep comes on men,
- Fear came on me and shaking, and my bones were full of trouble;
- And a breath was moving over my face;
the hair of my flesh became stiff:
- Something was present before me, but I was not able to see it clearly;
there was a form before my eyes: a quiet voice came to my ears, saying:
- May a man be upright before God?
or a man be clean before his Maker?
- Truly, he puts no faith in his servants, and he sees error in his angels;
- How much more those living in houses of earth, whose bases are in the dust!
They are crushed more quickly than an insect;
- Between morning and evening they are completely broken;
they come to an end for ever, and no one takes note.
- If their tent-cord is pulled up, do they not come to an end, and without wisdom?