Job 4

Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2 " If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Surely you have instructed many,
And you a have strengthened weak hands.
4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
And you b have strengthened the 1 feeble knees;
5 But now it comes upon you, and you are weary;
It touches you, and you are troubled.
6 Is not c your reverence d your confidence?
And the integrity of your ways your hope?

7 "Remember now, e who ever perished being innocent?
Or where were the upright ever cut off?
8 Even as I have seen,
f Those who plow iniquity
And sow trouble reap the same.
9 By the blast of God they perish,
And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion,
The voice of the fierce lion,
And g the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11 h The old lion perishes for lack of prey,
And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

12 "Now a word was secretly brought to me,
And my ear received a whisper of it.
13 i In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and j trembling,
Which made all my bones shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face;
The hair on my body stood up.
16 It stood still,
But I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes;
There was silence;
Then I heard a voice saying:
17 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If He k puts no trust in His servants,
If He charges His angels with error,
19 How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before a moth?
20 l They are broken in pieces from morning till evening;
They perish forever, with no one regarding.
21 Does not their own excellence go away?
They die, even without wisdom.'

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:3
    Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:3
    Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.
  3. Cross References
    Job 1:1
    There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:26
    For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
  5. Cross References
    Job 8:20
    Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.
    Job 36:6
    He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed.
    Job 36:7
    He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.
    Psalms 37:25
    I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
  6. Cross References
    Job 15:31
    Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, For futility will be his reward.
    Job 15:35
    They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit.
    Proverbs 22:8
    He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.
    Hosea 10:13
    You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men.
    Galatians 6:7
    Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
  7. Cross References
    Job 5:15
    But He saves the needy from the sword, From the mouth of the mighty, And from their hand.
    Psalms 58:6
    Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
  8. Cross References
    Job 29:17
    I broke the fangs of the wicked, And plucked the victim from his teeth.
    Psalms 34:10
    The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
  9. Cross References
    Job 33:15
    In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds.
  10. Cross References
    Habakkuk 3:16
    When I heard, my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself, That I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops.
  11. Cross References
    Job 15:15
    If God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 90:5
    You carry them away like a flood; They are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
    Psalms 90:6
    In the morning it flourishes and grows up; In the evening it is cut down and withers.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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