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1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered:

2 Shall one try a word with you, you [who] are weary? But who can hold back with words?

3 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have made the weak hands strong.

4 Your words have upheld him who was falling, and you have made strong the feeble knees.

5 But now it has come upon you, and you faint. It touches you, and you are troubled.

6 [Is] not your reverence your hope? Is not your hope the uprightness of your ways?

7 Remember, please, who [ever] perished, being innocent? Or where were the righteous cut off?

8 As I have seen, the ones who plow iniquity and sow wickedness reap the same.

9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His nostrils they are destroyed.

10 The roar of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

11 The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the strong lion's cubs are scattered abroad.

12 And a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little of it.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men,

14 fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.

15 And a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I could not tell the form of it. An image [was] before my eyes; silence; then I heard a voice,

17 Shall mortal [man] be more just than God? 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 less [in] those who live in houses of clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [who] are crushed before the moth?

20 They are destroyed from morning till evening; they perish forever without anyone caring.

21 Is not their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, but not with wisdom.