1: And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 2: If a word were essayed to thee, wouldest thou be grieved? But who can refrain from speaking? 3: Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands; 4: Thy words have upholden him that was stumbling, and thou hast braced up the bending knees: 5: But now it is come upon thee, and thou grievest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. 6: Hath not thy piety been thy confidence, and the perfection of thy ways thy hope? 7: Remember, I pray thee, who that was innocent has perished? and where were the upright cut off? 8: Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity and sow mischief, reap the same. 9: By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his nostrils are they consumed. 10: The roar 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 whelps of the lioness are scattered. 12: Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof. 13: In thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men: -- 14: Fear came on me, and trembling, and made all my bones to shake; 15: And a spirit passed before my face -- the hair of my flesh stood up -- 16: It stood still; I could not discern the appearance thereof: a form was before mine eyes; I heard a slight murmur and a voice: 17: Shall [mortal] man be more just than God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker? 18: Lo, he trusteth not his servants, and his angels he chargeth with folly: 19: How much more them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed as the moth! 20: From morning to evening are they smitten: without any heeding it, they perish for ever. 21: Is not their tent-cord torn away in them? they die, and without wisdom.