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First Series of Speeches
Eliphaz Speaks
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2Should anyone try to speak with you
when you are exhausted?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
3Indeed, you have instructed many
and have strengthened #Jb 26:2Is 35:3Heb 12:12 weak hands.
4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling
and braced the knees that were buckling. #Dt 3:28Jb 16:15Is 41:10
5But now that this has happened to you,
you have become exhausted.
It strikes #Jb 5:19|NoBook| 6:7|NoBook| 19:21 you, and you are dismayed.
6Isn’t your piety your confidence,
and the integrity of your life # Lit ways your hope? #Jb 11:18Ps 119:116Jr 17:7
7Consider: who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest been destroyed? #Jb 8:20Ps 37:25Pr 12:21
8In my experience, those who plow injustice
and those who sow trouble #Jb 5:7|NoBook| 15:35Is 59:4 reap the same. #Ps 7:15Pr 22:8Hs 8:7
9They perish at a single blast #2Sm 22:26Jb 37:10Is 30:33 from God
and come to an end by the breath of His nostrils. #Ex 15:8-10Ps 18:152Th 2:8
10The lion may roar and the fierce lion #Ps 10:9|NoBook| 17:12|NoBook| 22:13 growl,
but the fangs of young lions are broken. #Jb 29:17Ps 3:7|NoBook| 58:6
11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. #Ps 59:11Pr 20:8Is 33:3
12A word was brought to me in secret;
my ears caught a whisper of it. #Jb 13:1|NoBook| 33:16|NoBook| 36:10
13Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night, #Jb 7:14|NoBook| 20:8|NoBook| 33:15
when deep sleep #Gn 2:21|NoBook| 15:12Jb 33:15 descends on men,
14fear and trembling came over me #Jb 21:6Ps 55:5|NoBook| 119:120
and made all my bones shake.
15A wind # Or A spirit passed by me,
and I shuddered with fear. # Or and the hair on my body stood up
16A figure stood there,
but I could not recognize its appearance;
a form loomed before my eyes.
I heard a quiet voice:
17“Can a person be more righteous than God,
or a man more pure than his Maker? ” #Jb 15:14|NoBook| 25:4Pr 20:9
18If God puts no trust in His servants
and He charges His angels with foolishness, # Or error ; Hb obscure #Jb 15:15|NoBook| 21:22|NoBook| 25:5
19how much more those who dwell in clay houses, #Jb 10:9|NoBook| 33:6Is 64:8
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices. #Jb 14:2|NoBook| 20:7Ps 90:5-6
21Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom. #Jb 36:12Pr 5:23|NoBook| 10:21
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