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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
IV
 
 
[1]    THEN answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
[2]  If one assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
[3]  Behold, thou hast instructed many,
And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
[4]  Thy words have upholden him that was falling,
And thou hast made firm the feeble 1 knees.
[5]  But now it is come unto thee, and thou 2 faintest;
It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
[6]  Is not thy fear of God thy confidence,
And the integrity of thy ways thy hope?
[7]  Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent?
Or where were the upright cut off?
[8]  According as I have seen, they that plow iniquity,
And sow trouble, 3 reap the same.
[9]  By the breath of God they perish,
And by the blast of his anger are they consumed.
[10]  The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion,
And the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
[11]  The old lion perisheth for lack of prey,
And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
 
[12]    Now a thing was secretly 4 brought to me,
And mine ear received a whisper thereof.
[13]  In thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falleth on men,
[14]  Fear came upon me, and trembling,
Which made all my bones to shake.
[15]  Then a 5 spirit passed before my face;
The hair of my flesh stood up.
[16]  It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof;
A form was before mine eyes:
There 6 was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
[17]  Shall mortal man be 7 more just than God?
Shall a man be 8 more pure than his Maker?
[18]  Behold, he putteth no trust in his servants;
And his angels he chargeth with folly:
[19]  How much more them that dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before 9 the moth!
[20]  Betwixt 10 morning and evening they are destroyed: 11
They perish for ever without any regarding it.
[21]  Is 12 not their tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, and that without wisdom.
 
Note 1. Heb. bowing. [back]
Note 2. Or, art grieved. [back]
Note 3. Or, mischief. [back]
Note 4. Heb. brought by stealth. [back]
Note 5. Or, a breath passed over. [back]
Note 6. Or, I heard a still voice. [back]
Note 7. Or, be just before God. [back]
Note 8. Or, be pure before his Maker. [back]
Note 9. Or, like. [back]
Note 10. Or, From morning to evening. [back]
Note 11. Heb. broken in pieces. [back]
Note 12. Or, Is not their excellency which is in them removed? [back]
 

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