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Job 4 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Round One: Eliphaz’s Speech

Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded:

If someone ventures to have a word with you, will you grow impatient?
But who can refrain from speaking up?
You yourself have instructed many,
and you have strengthened weak hands.
Your words have raised up people who were stumbling,
and you have given support to buckling knees.
But now that this has happened to you, you grow impatient.
This strikes you and you are disturbed.
Shouldn’t your piety give you confidence?
Don’t your blameless ways give you reason to hope?
Now remember this:
Who has ever perished if he was innocent?
Where were the upright ever erased?
This is what I have observed:
Those who plow evil and sow trouble will reap the same.
By the breath of God they perish.
By the blast from his nostrils they come to an end.

10 The lion roars, and the fierce lion growls,
but the teeth of the young lion are broken.[a]
11 The strong lion perishes from a lack of prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

12 A word was delivered to me secretly.
My ears caught a whisper of it.
13 In the middle of anxious thoughts arising from visions in the night,
at the time when deep sleep falls upon people,
14 terror and trembling came over me
and made all my bones tremble.
15 A spirit[b] passed in front of my face.
The hair on my body stood on end.
16 A figure stood in front of me,
but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
and I heard a quiet voice say,
17 “Can a person be righteous before God?
Can a man be pure before his Maker?”[c]
18 If God does not trust his own servants,
if he charges his messengers with error,
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses,
    whose foundations are in the dust,
    who are crushed more quickly than a moth!
20 From dawn to dusk they are smashed to pieces.
They perish forever, and no one even notices.
21 Won’t the ropes that hold up their tents be pulled up,[d]
so that they die without gaining wisdom?

Footnotes:

  1. Job 4:10 The differences in meaning of the various terms for lion are uncertain.
  2. Job 4:15 Or wind
  3. Job 4:17 Or can a person be more righteous than God? Can a man be purer than his Maker?
  4. Job 4:21 Or won’t their remaining wealth be taken away
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

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Job 4 New International Version (NIV)

Eliphaz

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
    But who can keep from speaking?
Think how you have instructed many,
    how you have strengthened feeble hands.
Your words have supported those who stumbled;
    you have strengthened faltering knees.
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
    it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
Should not your piety be your confidence
    and your blameless ways your hope?

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?
As I have observed, those who plow evil
    and those who sow trouble reap it.
At the breath of God they perish;
    at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10 The lions may roar and growl,
    yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,
    and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
    my ears caught a whisper of it.
13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people,
14 fear and trembling seized me
    and made all my bones shake.
15 A spirit glided past my face,
    and the hair on my body stood on end.
16 It stopped,
    but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
    and I heard a hushed voice:
17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
    Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If God places no trust in his servants,
    if he charges his angels with error,
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
    whose foundations are in the dust,
    who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
    unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,
    so that they die without wisdom?’

New International Version (NIV)

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