Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
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.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
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,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Eliphaz finds his voice:
Should anyone even try to talk with you when you are so exhausted? But how can I keep my mouth shut?!
You have taught many and always strengthened the weak.
But now, look at what has happened to you.
Who would have imagined it!! You’ve always been a paragon of virtue, and now you have gotten hit.
Think about it: Who ever suffered when he was innocent?
Where have the honest ever been destroyed?
As I have seen, it’s those who plow injustice and plant trouble
who reap those crops!
In fact, I even had a vision and a secret word whose whisper I caught—
unsettling thoughts, and a wind whooshing past.
It made all my bones shake. I shuddered in fear.
I could see a form of some kind, but couldn’t recognize anything…then
I heard a quiet voice: “Can a created being be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?”
If God charges even angels with foolishness,
how much more those who live in houses of clay, whose foundation is dust!
They are smashed to smithereens all day long, and when no one even notices, they die forever. They perish without wisdom.
That’s something you should think about for a long while, my friend!
Artist—designing and building stained glass windows, Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington State, USA (as of this writing)