1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2“If someone tried to speak with you, would you be upset?
I cannot keep from speaking.
3Think about the many people you have taught
and the weak hands you have made strong.
4Your words have comforted those who fell,
and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
5But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
trouble hits you, and you are terrified.
6You should have confidence because you respect God;
you should have hope because you are innocent.
7“Remember that the innocent will not die;
honest people will never be destroyed.
8I have noticed that people who plow evil
and plant trouble, harvest it.
9God’s breath destroys them,
and a blast of his anger kills them.
10Lions may roar and growl,
but when the teeth of a strong lion are broken,
11that lion dies of hunger.
The cubs of the mother lion are scattered.
12“A word was brought to me in secret,
and my ears heard a whisper of it.
13It was during a nightmare
when people are in deep sleep.
14I was trembling with fear;
all my bones were shaking.
15A spirit glided past my face,
and the hair on my body stood on end.
16The spirit stopped,
but I could not see what it was.
A shape stood before my eyes,
and I heard a quiet voice.
17It said, ‘Can a human be more right than God?
Can a person be pure before his maker?
18God does not trust his angels;
he blames them for mistakes.
19So he puts even more blame on people who live in clay houses,
whose foundations are made of dust,
who can be crushed like a moth.
20Between dawn and sunset many people are broken to pieces;
without being noticed, they die and are gone forever.
21The ropes of their tents are pulled up,
and they die without wisdom.’