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
4Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling
5But now that this has happened to you,
you have become exhausted.
6Isn’t your piety your confidence,
7Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest4:7 Or the upright, or those with integrity been destroyed?4:7 Jb 8:20; Ps 37:25; Pr 12:21
8In my experience, those who plow injustice
11The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
12A word was brought to me in secret;
and made all my bones shake.
15I felt a draft4:15 Or a spirit on my face,
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 whispering voice:
17“Can a mortal be righteous before God?
18If God puts no trust in his servants
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
21Are their tent cords not pulled up?
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