1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite and said unto him, 2 "If we begin to commune with thee, peradventure thou wilt be discontent; but who can withhold himself from speaking? 3 Behold, thou hast been a teacher of many, and hast comforted the weary hands. 4 Thy words have set up those that were fallen, thou hast refreshed the weak knees. 5 But now that the plague is come upon thee, thou shrinkest away: now that it hath touched thyself, thou art faint hearted. 6 Where is now thy fear of God, thy steadfastness, thy patience, and the perfectness of thy ways? 7 "Consider, I pray thee: who ever perished being an innocent? Or, when were the godly destroyed? 8 For, as I have proved by experience, they that plow iniquity and sow wretchedness, reap the same. 9 With the blast of God they perish, and with the breath of his anger are they consumed away. 10 The roaring of the lion, the voice of the lioness, and the teeth of the lion's whelps are broken. 11 The lion perisheth, for lack of prey, and the lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12 "And unto me came the word secretly, and mine ear hath received a little thereof. 13 In the fantasies and thoughts of the visions of the night, when sleep cometh on men: 14 Fear came upon me, and dread, and made all my bones to shake. 15 And when the wind passed by before my presence it made the hairs of my flesh stand up. 16 He stood there, and I knew not his face. An image there was, before mine eyes, and in the stillness heard I a voice. 17 'Shall man be more just than God? Or shall man be purer than his maker? 18 Behold, he hath found unfaithfulness among his own servants, and proud disobedience among his angels. 19 How much more then shall they that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is but earth: which shall be consumed by the moth? 20 They shall be destroyed from morning unto the evening: yea, they shall perish everlastingly, and no man think thereon. 21 Is not their dignity taken away with them? They shall die - and not in wisdom.'