4:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
4:2 If a word were essayed to thee, wouldest thou be grieved? But who can refrain from speaking?
4:3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands;
4:4 Thy words have upholden him that was stumbling, and thou hast braced up the bending knees:
4:5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou grievest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
4:6 Hath not thy piety been thy confidence, and the perfection of thy ways thy hope?
4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who that was innocent has perished? and where were the upright cut off?
4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same.
4:9 By the breath of +God they perish, and by the blast of his nostrils are they consumed.
4:10 The roar of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken;
4:11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
4:12 Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.
4:13 In thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men: --
4:14 Fear came on me, and trembling, and made all my bones to shake;
4:15 And a spirit passed before my face -- the hair of my flesh stood up --
4:16 It stood still; I could not discern the appearance thereof: a form was before mine eyes; I heard a slight murmur and a voice:
4:17 Shall [mortal] man be more just than +God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker?
4:18 Lo, he trusteth not his servants, and his angels he chargeth with folly:
4:19 How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed as the moth!
4:20 From morning to evening are they smitten: without any heeding it, they perish for ever.
4:21 Is not their tent-cord torn away in them? they die, and without wisdom.