The speech of Eliphaz
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?
But who can withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, thou hast instructed many,
And thou Is. 35:3hast strengthened the weak hands.
Thy words have upholden him that was falling,
And thou Is. 35:3hast strengthened Heb. 12:12the feeble knees.
But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest;
It toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
Is not this ch. 1:1thy fear, Prov. 3:26thy confidence,
Thy hope; and the uprightness of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, Ps. 37:25who ever perished, being innocent?
Or where were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, Prov. 22:8they that plow iniquity,
And sow wickedness, reap the same.
By the blast of God they perish,
And by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion,
And Ps. 58:6the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
Ps. 34:10The old lion perisheth for lack of prey,
And the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me,
And mine ear received a little thereof.
ch. 33:15In thoughts from the visions of the night,
When deep sleep falleth on men.
Fear came upon me, and Hab. 3:16trembling,
Which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face;
The hair of my flesh stood up:
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof:
An image was before mine eyes,
There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal man be more just than God?
Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
Behold, he ch. 15:15put no trust in his servants;
And his angels he charged with folly:
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay,
Whose foundation is in the dust,
Which are crushed before the moth?
Ps. 90:5,6They are destroyed from morning to evening:
They perish for ever without any regarding it.
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away?
They die, even without wisdom.