4 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered
2 “Shall we try a word to you? you will be impatient,
but who can keep in words?
3 Here you have been schooling many
and nerving slack hands;
4 Your words set a stumbling man on his feet
and you braced failing knees;
5 Now that it comes to you you are impatient;
it touches you and you are disconcerted.
6 Is not your piety your reliance
and your conscientious life your hope?
7 Remember: what innocent man has perished,
where were upright men annihilated?
9 They perish by God’s breath,
are made an end of by the air from his nostrils.
10 The lion’s roar, the voice of the king of beasts,
and the two-year-old lion’s teeth, are broken,
11 The great lion perishes for lack of prey,
and the lioness’s cubs lose touch with each other.
13 In thoughts brought by night visions
when trances fall on men.
15 And a breeze ran over my face,
made the hair on my flesh prickle up:
There was a form before my eyes,
I heard a hushed voice:
17 ‘Is a human being to be more in the right than God,
a man to be cleaner than his Maker?
19 How much more those who inhabit houses of clay!
such as have their foundations on the earth
and are beaten down before a moth,
20 Between morning and evening they are shattered,
are lost for all time without anyone’s noticing it.
21 A fiber pulls out within them
and they die unaccountably.’