1 Then responded Eliphaz the Temanite, and said: - 2 If one attempt a word unto thee, wilt thou be impatient? But, to restrain speech, who, can endure? 3 Lo! thou hast admonished many, and, slack hands, hast thou been wont to uphold: 4 Him that was stumbling, have thy words raised up, and, sinking knees, hast thou strengthened. 5 But, now, it cometh upon thee, and thou despairest, It smiteth even thee, and thou art dismayed. 6 Is not, thy reverence, thy confidence? And is not, thy hope, the very integrity of thy ways? 7 Remember, I pray thee, who, being innocent, hath perished, or when, the upright, have been cut off. 8 So far as I have seen, They who plow for iniquity and sow misery, reap the same: 9 By the blast of GOD, they perish, And, by the breath of his nostrils, are they consumed: 10 Notwithstanding the roaring of the lion, and the noise of the howling lion, yet, the teeth of the fierce lions, are broken: 11 The strong lion perishing for lack of prey, Even the whelps of the lioness, are scattered.
12 But, unto me, something was brought by stealth, - and mine ear caught a whispering of the same: 13 When there were thoughts, from visions of the night, - When deep sleep falleth upon men, 14 Dread, came upon me, and trembling, The multitude of my bones, it put in dread: 15 Then, a spirit, over my face, floated along, The hair of my flesh bristled-up: 16 It stood still, but I could not distinguish its appearance, I looked, but there was no form before mine eyes, - A whispering voice, I heard: - - 17 Shall, mortal man, be more just than GOD? Or a man be more pure than, his Maker? 18 Lo! in his own servants, he trusteth not, and, his own messengers, he chargeth with error: 19 How much more the dwellers in houses of clay, which, in the dust, have their foundation, which are crushed sooner than a moth: 20 Betwixt morning and evening, are they broken in pieces, With none to save, they utterly perish: 21 Is not their tent-rope within them, torn away? They die, disrobed of wisdom!