1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and sayde,
2 [If] we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? butSeeing your impatience.who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thouYou have comforted others in their afflictions but you cannot now comfort yourself.hast strengthened the weak hands.
4 Thy wordes haue confirmed him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the weake knees.
5 But now it is come vpon thee, and thou art grieued: it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6 [Is] not [this] thyHe concludes that Job was a hypocrite and had no true fear or trust in God.fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7 Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, beingHe concludes that Job was reproved seeing that God handles him so extremely, which is the argument that the carnal men make against the children of God.innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, they thatThey who do evil cannot but receive evil.plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By theHe shows that God needs no great preparation to destroy his enemies: for he can do it with the blast of his mouth.blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10 The roaring of theThough men according to their office do not punish tyrants (whom for their cruelty he compares to lions, and their children to their whelps) yet God is able and his justice will punish them.lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11 The Lyon perisheth for lacke of pray, and the Lyons whelpes are scattered abroade.
12 Now a thing wasA thing I did not know before was declared to me by vision, that is that whoever thinks himself just will be found a sinner when he comes before God.secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In the thoughtes of ye visions of the night, when sleepe falleth on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bonesIn these visions which God shows to his creatures, there is always a certain fear joined, that the authority of it might be had in greater reverence.to shake.
15 And the wind passed before me, and made the heares of my flesh to stande vp.
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image [was] before mine eyes, [there was]When all things were quiet or when the fear was relieved as God appeared to Elijah, (1Ki_19:12).silence, and I heard a voice, [saying],
17 Shall mortal man be moreHe proves that if God punished the innocent, the creature would be more just than the creator, which was blasphemy.just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and hisIf God finds imperfection in his angels when they are not maintained by his power, how much more shall he lay folly to man's charge when he would justify himself against God?angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less [in] them that dwell in houses ofThat is, in this mortal body, subject to corruption, as in (2Co_5:1).clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [which] are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed fromThey see death continually before their eyes and daily approaching them.morning to evening: they perish for everNo man for all this considers it.without any regarding [it].
21 Doth not their excellency [which is] in them go away? they die, even withoutThat is, before any of them were so wise, as to think of death.wisdom.