Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
Heb. a word. wilt thou.
withhold himself from speaking
Heb. refrain from words.
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
and thou hast
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
Heb. bowing knees.
But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
it is come
Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
they that plow
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
by the breath of his nostrils
that is, by his anger.
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
Heb. by stealth. a little.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Heb. met. all my bones. Heb. the multitude of my bones.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
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,
or, I heard a still voice.
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
shall a man
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
and his angels he charged with folly
or, nor in his angels in whom he put light.
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Heb. beaten in pieces.
2 Chronicles 15:6 *marg
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.