1Eliphaz of Teman spoke next. He said:
2If we say something to you, wil you bear with us? Who in any case could refrain from speaking now?
3You have schooled many others, giving strength to feeble hands;
4your words supported any who wavered and strengthened every failing knee.
5And now your turn has come, and you lose patience, at the first touch on yourself you are overwhelmed!
6Does not your piety give you confidence, and your integrity of life give you hope?
7Can you recal anyone guiltless that perished? Where then have the honest been wiped out?
8I speak from experience: those who plough iniquity and sow disaster, reap just that.
9Under the breath of God, they perish: a blast of his anger, and they are destroyed;
10the lion's roars, his savage growls, like the fangs of a lion cub, are broken off.
11The lion dies for lack of prey and the lioness's whelps are dispersed.
12I have received a secret revelation, a whisper has come to my ears;
13by night when dreams confuse the mind and slumber lies heavy on everyone,
14a shiver of horror ran through me and fil ed al my bones with fright.
15A breath slid over my face, the hairs of my body bristled.
16Someone stood there -- I did not know his face, but the form stayed there before my eyes. Silence --then I heard a voice,
17'Can a mortal seem upright to God, would anybody seem pure in the presence of his Maker?
18God cannot rely even on his own servants, even with his angels he finds fault.
19What then of those who live in houses of clay, who are founded on dust?
20They are crushed as easily as a moth, between morning and evening they are ground to powder. Theyvanish for ever, with no one to bring them back.
21Their tent-peg is snatched from them, and they die devoid of wisdom.'
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