THE BOOK OF
Job 4 ©
Eliphaz, to answer Job, reproves his impatience, v. 1, etc. Places the justice of God before him to show that God did punish him thus, by reason of his sins, 7. He relates unto him a vision or the apparition of an angel, 12. Together with his speech, thinking the same might well be applied to this case of Job, 17. Job is exhorted to humility and repentance, 18.
THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we 1assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be 2grieved? but 3who can withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the 4weak hands.
Thy words have upholden him 5that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the 6feeble knees.
But now it is come 7upon thee, and thou 8faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
Is not this thy 9fear, thy confidence, 10thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, theya that plow 11iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Byb the 12blast of God they perish, and by 13the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
14The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
15The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
Now a 16thing was 17secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a 18little thereof.
In 19thoughts 20from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Fear 21came upon me, and trembling, which made 22all my bones to shake.
Then a 23spirit 24passed before my face; the hair 25of my flesh stood up:
26It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was 27silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal 28man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than 29his maker?
Behold, he 30put no trust inc his 31servants; 32and his angels he charged with folly:
How much less 33in them that dwell in houses of 34clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which 35are crushed 36before the moth?
They are destroyed 37from morning to evening: they perish for ever 38without any regarding it.
Doth not their 39excellency which is 40in them go away? they die, even 41without wisdom.