- Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:
- If one venture a word unto thee, wilt thou be weary?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
- Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
- Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
- But now it is come upon thee, and thou art weary;
it toucheth thee, and thou art affrighted.
- Is not thy fear of God thy confidence, and thy hope the integrity of thy ways?
- Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?
Or where were the upright cut off?
- According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow mischief, reap the same.
- By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger are they consumed.
- The lion roareth, and the fierce lion howleth - yet the teeth of the young lions are broken.
- The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
- Now a word was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.
- In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
- Fear came upon me, and trembling, and all my bones were made to shake.
- Then a spirit passed before my face, that made the hair of my flesh to stand up.
- It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof;
a form was before mine eyes;
I heard a still voice:
- "Shall mortal man be just before God?
Shall a man be pure before his Maker?
- Behold, He putteth no trust in His servants, and His angels He chargeth with folly;
- How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!
- Betwixt morning and evening they are shattered;
they perish for ever without any regarding it.
- Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, and that without wisdom."