Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
2 If one tries to commune with you, will you be grieved?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Behold, you have instructed many,
And you have strengthened the weak hands.
4 Your words have upheld him that was falling,
And you have made firm the feeble knees.
5 But now it has come to you, and you faint;
It touches you, and you are troubled.
6 Is not your fear of Elohim your confidence,
And the integrity of your ways your hope?
7 Remember, I pray you, 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, reap the same,
9 By the breath of Eloah 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 perishes for lack of prey,
And the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me,
And my ear received a whisper of it.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling,
Which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face;
The hair of my flesh stood up.
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance of it;
A form was before my eyes:
There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than Eloah?
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 Behold, he puts no trust in his servants;
And his angels he charges with folly:
19 How much more them that dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Who are crushed before the moth!
20 Between morning and evening they are destroyed:
They perish forever without any regarding it.
21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them?
They die, and that without wisdom.
Call now; is there any that will answer you?
And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 For vexation kills the foolish man,
And jealousy slays the silly one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root:
But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4 His children are far from safety,
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them:
5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up
And takes it even out of the thorns;
And the snare inhales their substance.
6 For affliction comes not forth from the dust,
Neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7 But man is born to trouble,
As the sparks fly upward.
8 But as for me, I would seek to El,
And to Elohim would I commit my cause;
9 Who does great things and unsearchable,
Marvelous things without number,
10 Who gives rain upon the earth,
And sends waters upon the fields;
11 So that he sets up on high those that are low,
And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness;
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
14 They meet with darkness in the daytime,
And grope at noonday as in the night.
15 But he saves from the sword of their mouth,
Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor has hope,
And iniquity stops her mouth.
17 Behold, happy is the man whom Eloah corrects:
Therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty.
18 For he makes sore, and binds up;
He wounds, and his hands make whole.
19 He will deliver you in six troubles;
Yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death;
And in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue;
Neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and dearth you shall laugh;
Neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field;
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 And you shall know that your tent is in peace;
And you shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.
25 You shall know also that your seed shall be great,
And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in a full age,
Like as a shock of grain comes in in its season.
27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
Hear it, and know you it for your good.
Then Job answered and said,
2 Oh that my vexation were but weighed,
And all my calamity laid in the balances!
3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas:
Therefore have my words been rash.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
The poison of which my spirit drinks up:
The terrors of Eloah set themselves in array against me.
5 Does the wild ass bray when he has grass?
Or lows the ox over his fodder?
6 Can that which has no savor be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 My soul refuses to touch them;
They are as loathsome food to me.
8 Oh that I might have my request;
And that Eloah would grant me the thing that I long for!
9 Even that it would please Eloah to crush me;
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
10 And be it still my consolation,
Yes, let me exult in pain that spares not,
That I have pot denied the words of the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of bronze?
13 Is it not that I have no help in me,
And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
14 To him that is ready to faint kindness should be showed from his friend;
Even to him that forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook,
As the channel of brooks that pass away;
16 Which are black by reason of the ice,
And in which the snow hides itself:
17 What time they become warm, they vanish;
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
18 The caravans that travel by the way of them turn aside;
They go up into the waste, and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema looked,
The companies of Sheba waited for them.
20 They were put to shame because they had hoped;
They came there, and were confounded.
21 For now you are nothing;
You see a terror, and are afraid.
22 Did I say, Give to me? Or,
Offer a present for me of your substance?
23 Or, Deliver me from the adversary’s hand?
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
24 Teach me, and I will hold my peace;
And cause me to understand in which I have erred.
25 How forcible are words of uprightness!
But your reproof, what does it reprove?
26 Do you think to reprove words,
Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind?
27 Yes, you would cast lots upon the fatherless,
And make merchandise of your friend.
28 Now therefore be pleased to look upon me;
For surely I shall not lie to your face.
29 Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice;
Yes, return again, my cause is righteous.
30 Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?