1 Respondens autem Eliphaz Themanites dixit:
4:2" Si coeperimus loqui tibi, forsitan moleste accipies; sed conceptum sermonem tenere quis poterit?
3 Ecce, docuisti multos et manus lassas roborasti;
4 vacillantes confirmaverunt sermones tui, et genua trementia confortasti.
5 Nunc autem venit super te plaga, et defecisti; tetigit te, et conturbatus es.
6 Nonne timor tuus est fiducia tua, spes tua est perfectio viarum tuarum?
7 Recordare, obsecro te, quis umquam innocens periit, aut quando recti deleti sunt?
8 quin potius vidi eos, qui operantur iniquitatem et seminant dolores et metunt eos,
9 flante Deo perisse, et spiritu irae eius esse consumptos.
10 Rugitus leonis et vox leaenae et dentes catulorum leonum contriti sunt.
11 Leo periit, eo quod non haberet praedam, et catuli leonis dissipati sunt.
12 Porro ad me furtive verbum delatum est, et suscepit auris mea sussurrum eius.
13 In horrore visionis nocturnae, quando solet sopor occupare homines,
14 pavor tenuit me et tremor, et omnia ossa mea perterrita sunt.
15 Et cum spiritus, me praesente, transiret, inhorruerunt pili carnis meae.
16 Stetit quidam, cuius non agnoscebam vultum, imago coram oculis meis, et vocem quasi aurae lenis audivi:
17 "Numquid homo Dei comparatione iustificabitur, aut factore suo purior erit vir?".
18 Ecce, in servis suis fiduciam non habet et in angelis suis reperit pravitatem.
19 Quanto magis hi, qui habitant domos luteas, quorum fundamentum est in pulvere. Consumentur velut tinea!
20 De mane usque ad vesperam succidentur et, quia nullus intellegit, in aeternum peribunt.
21 Nonne evulsum est reliquum eorum ab eis? Morientur, et non in sapientia.
King James Version
1 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.