2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
2 Should anyone try to speak with youwhen you are exhausted?Yet who can keep from speaking?
2 "Will you get offended if somebody tries to talk to you? Who can keep from speaking at a time like this?
2 “If we dare to converse with you, will you be impatient [or offended]?But who can restrain himself from speaking?
3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
3 Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.
3 “Behold, you have admonished and instructed many,And you have strengthened weak hands.
4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
4 A word from you has supported those who have stumbled, and has strengthened faltering knees.
4 “Your words have helped the one who was stumbling to stand,And you have strengthened feeble knees.
5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
5 "But now it's your turn, and you're the one who is worn out! Now it's striking you, and you're dismayed!
6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
6 "Your fear of God has been your confidence, hasn't it? The integrity of your life has been your hope, hasn't it?
6 “Is not your fear of God your confidence,And [is not] the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope?
7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
7 Now please think: Who has ever perished when they're innocent? Where have the upright been destroyed?
7 “Remember now, who, being innocent, ever perished?Or where [and in what circumstances] were those upright and in right standing with God destroyed?
8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
8 It's been my experience that those who plow the soil of iniquity and those who sow the seed of trouble will reap their harvest!
8 “As I have seen, those who plow wickednessAnd those who sow trouble and harm harvest it.
9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
9 They perish by the breath of God; they are consumed by the storm that is his anger.
9 “By the breath of God they perish,And by the blast of His anger they are consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
10 "The lioness may roar, and the lion cub may growl; but even the ivory teeth of the full grown lion are broken.
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 perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
11 Full grown lions die when they cannot find prey; that's when the lion cubs are scattered.
11 “The lion perishes for lack of prey,And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
12 "A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.
12 “Now a word 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 falleth on men,
13 Disquieting thoughts from dreams at night; when deep sleep falls on everyone.
13 “Amid disquieting 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.
14 A fear fell upon me, along with trembling that caused all my bones to shake in terror.
14 Dread and trembling came upon me,Which made all my bones shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
15 A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.
15 “Then a spirit passed before my face;The hair on my skin stood on end!
16 “It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;A form was before my eyes;There was silence, then I heard a voice:
16 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,
16 A figure stood there,but I could not recognize its appearance;a form loomed before my eyes.I heard a quiet voice:
16 It remained standing, but I couldn't recognize its appearance. A form appeared before my eyes; At first there was silence, and then this voice:
16 “The spirit stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;A form was before my eyes;There was silence, and then I heard a voice, saying:
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
17 "Can a mortal person be more righteous than God? Or can the purity of the valiant exceed that of his maker?'
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
18 "Indeed, since he doesn't trust his servants, since he charges his angels with error,
18 ‘God puts no trust or confidence, even in His [heavenly] servants,And He charges His angels with error.
19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
19 how much less confidence does he have in those who dwell in houses of clay; who were formed from a foundation in dust and can perish like a moth?
19 ‘How much more [will He blame and charge] those who dwell in houses (bodies) of clay,Whose foundations are in the dust,Who are crushed like a moth.
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
20 They are defeated between morning and evening; they perish forever and no one notices!
20 ‘Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces and destroyed;Unobserved and unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
21 Their wealth perishes with them, doesn't it? They die, and do so without having wisdom, don't they?"
21 ‘Is not their tent-cord drawn up within them [so that the tent collapses]?Do they not die, and yet without [acquiring] wisdom?’
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