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Eliphaz Speaks: Suffering Is a Result of Sin

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, and said,

2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieued? But who can withhold himselfe from speaking?

3 Beholde, Thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weake hands.

4 Thy words haue vpholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

5 But now it is come vpon thee, and thou faintest, it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

6 Is not this thy feare, thy confidence; the vprightnesse of thy wayes and thy hope?

7 Remember, I pray thee, who euer perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

8 Euen as I haue seene, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickednsse, reape 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 Lyon, and the voice of the fierce Lyon, and the teeth of the yong Lyons are broken.

11 The old Lyon perisheth for lacke of pray, and the stout Lyons whelpes are scattered abroad.

12 Nowe a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine eare receiued a litle thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deepe sleepe falleth on men:

14 Feare came vpon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face: the haire of my flesh stood vp.

16 It stood still, but I could not discerne the forme thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voyce, saying,

17 Shall mortall man be more iust then God? shall a man bee more pure then his maker?

18 Behold, hee put no trust in his seruants; and his Angels hee charged with folly:

19 Howe much lesse on 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 euening: they perish for euer, without any regarding it.

21 Doeth not their excellencie which is in them, goe away? they die, euen without wisedome.

Chap 5

1 Call now, if there be any that wil answere thee, and to which of the Saints wilt thou turne?

2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and enuy slayeth the silly one.

3 I haue seene the foolish taking roote: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

4 His children are farre from safetie, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliuer them.

5 Whose haruest the hungry eateth vp, and taketh it euen out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth vp their substance.

6 Although affliction commeth not forth of the dust, neither doeth trouble spring out of the ground:

7 Yet man is borne vnto trouble, as the sparkes flie vpward.

8 I would seeke vnto God, and vnto God would I commit my cause:

9 Which doth great things & vnsearchable: marueilous things without number.

10 Who giueth raine vpon the earth, and sendeth waters vpon the fields:

11 To set vp on high those that be low; that those which mourne, may be exalted to safetie.

12 Hee disappointeth the deuices of the craftie, so that their hands cannot performe their enterprise.

13 He taketh the wise in their owne craftinesse: and the counsell of the froward is caried headlong.

14 They meete with darkenesse in the day time, and grope in the noone day as in the night.

15 But he saueth the poore from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mightie.

16 So the poore hath hope, and iniquitie stoppeth her mouth.

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almightie.

18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth vp: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

19 Hee shall deliuer thee in sixe troubles, yea in seuen there shall no euill touch thee.

20 In famine he shall redeeme thee from death: and in warre from the power of the sword.

21 Thou shalt be hidde from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction, when it commeth.

22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall bee in peace; and thou shalt visite thy habitation, and shalt not sinne.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seede shalbe great, and thine offspring as the grasse of the earth.

26 Thou shalt come to thy graue in a full age, like as a shocke of corne commeth in, in his season.

27 Loe this, wee haue searched it, so it is; heare it, and know thou it for thy good.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

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