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Job's Friends: Job 4.1-27.23
Eliphaz from Teman said:
Please be patient and listen to what I have to
Remember how your words have guided and encouraged
many in need.
But now you feel discouraged
when struck by trouble.
You respect God and live right,
so don't lose hope!
No truly innocent person
has ever died young.
In my experience, only those who plant seeds of evil
and then they are swept away
by the angry breath of God.
They may roar and
growl like powerful lions.
But when God breaks their teeth, they
and their children are scattered.
A secret was told to me in a faint whisper
I was overcome by
sleep, but disturbed by dreams;
I trembled with fear, and my hair stood on
as a wind blew past my face.
It stoppedand stood still. Then a form appeared
And from the silence, I heard a
"No humans are innocent in the eyes of God their Creator.
He finds fault with his servants and even with his angels.
are formed from clay and are fragile as moths,
what chance do you have?
Born after daybreak, you die before nightfall
and disappear forever.
Your tent pegs are
pulled up, and you leave this life,
Job, call out for help
and see if an angel
Envy and jealousy will kill a stupid fool.
I have seen
fools take root.
But God sends a curse, suddenly uprooting them
and leaving their children helpless in court.
Then hungry and greedy people gobble down their crops
and grab up their wealth.
Our suffering isn't
caused by the failure of crops;
it's all part of
life, like sparks shooting skyward.
Job, if I were you, I would ask God
His miracles are marvelous, more than we
God sends showers on earth and waters the fields.
protects the sorrowful and lifts up those
God swiftly traps the wicked in their own evil
and their wisdom fails.
their only companion,
hiding their path at noon.
God rescues the needy from the words of the wicked
and the fist of the mighty.
The poor are
filled with hope,
and injustice is silenced.
Consider yourself fortunate if God AllPowerful
chooses to correct you.
He may cause injury
and pain, but he will bandage and heal
God will protect you from harm,
no matter how often trouble may strike.
In times of war and famine, God
will keep you safe.
You will be sheltered, without fear of hurtful words
or any other weapon.
You will laugh at the
threat of destruction and famine.
And you won't beafraid of wild animals
they will no longer be fierce,
and your rocky fields will become friendly.
Your home will be secure, and your sheep will be safe.
You will have
than there are blades of grass on
the face of the earth.
You will live a long life,
and your body will be strong until the day you
Our experience has proven these things to be true,
so listen and learn.
Job's Reply to Eliphaz
It's impossible to weigh my misery and grief!
outweigh the sand along the beach,
and that's why
I have spoken without thinking first.
The fearsome arrows of GodAllPowerful
have filled my soul with their
Do oxen and wild donkeys cry out in distress
unless they are hungry?
What is food without
What is more tasteless than the white of an
how my food tastes, and my appetite is gone.
How I wish that God would
answer my prayer
and do away with me.
would be comforted, knowing that in all of my pain
I have never disobeyed God.
Why should I patiently hope when my strength is
I am not strong as stone or bronze,
I have finally reached the end of my rope.
My friends, I am desperate, and you should help me,
even if I no longer respect God AllPowerful.
But you are treacherous
as streams that swell with
then suddenly disappear in the summer
I am like a caravan,
lost in the desert
while searching for water.
Caravans from Tema and Sheba
would find water. But they were disappointed,
as I am with you.
Only one look at my suffering,
and you run away scared.
Have I ever asked any of you to give me a gift
or to purchase my freedom from brutal enemies?
What have I done wrong?
Show me, and I will
The truth is always painful,
your arguments prove nothing.
Here I am desperate, and you consider my
as worthless as wind.
Why, you would
sell an orphan or your own neighbor!
straight in the eye; I won't lie to you.
Stop accusing me falsely; my
reputation is at stake.
I know right from wrong,
and I am not telling lies.
Why is life so hard? Why do we suffer?
We are slaves in search of shade;
we are laborers longing for our wages.
made my days drag on and my nights miserable.
I pray for night to end, but
it stretches out
while I toss and turn.
parched skin is covered with worms, dirt, and sores,
and my days are
running out quicker than the thread
of afastmoving needle.
I beg you, God, don't forget! My life is just a breath,
and trouble lies ahead.
I will vanish from
sight, and no one, including you,
will ever see me
I will disappear in the grave
from sight like a passing cloud.
Never will I return home; soon I will be
And so, I cry out to you in agony and distress.
Am I the
sea or a sea monster?
Is that why you imprison me?
I go to bed, hoping for rest,
but you torture
me with terrible dreams.
I'd rather choke to death than live in this body.
Leave me alone and let me die; my life has no
What makes you so concerned about us humans?
Why do you test us from sunrise to sunset?
you look away just long enough for me to swallow?
Why do you watch us so
closely? What's it to you, if I sin?
Why am I your
target and such a heavy burden?
Why do you refuse to forgive?
Soon you won't find me, because I'll be dead.
Bildad's First Speech
Bildad from Shuah said:
How long will you talk and keep saying nothing?
Does God AllPowerful stand in the way of
He made your children pay for their sins.
So why don't you turn to him and start living right?
Then he will decide to rescue and restore you
to your place of honor.
Your future will be
brighter by far than your past.
Our ancestors were wise, so learn from them.
Our own time has been
short, like a fading shadow,
and we know very
But they will instruct you with great understanding.
Papyrus reeds grow healthy only in a swamp,
and if the water dries up,
they die sooner than grass.
Such is the
hopeless future of all who turn from God
and trust in something as frail asa spider's web
they take hold and fall
because it's so flimsy.
Sinful people are like plants with spreading
and plenty of sun and water.
their roots tightly around rocks.
But once they are pulled up, they have no
their life slips away, and other plants
We know God doesn't reject an innocent person
or help a sinner.
And so, he will make you
and give you something to smile about.
But your evil enemies will be put to shame
Job's Reply to Bildad
What you say is true. No human is innocent
in the sight of God.
Not once in a thousand
times could we win our case
if we took him to
God is wise and powerful
possibly oppose him and win?
When God becomes angry, he can move
before they even know it.
shake the earth loose from its foundations
command the sun and stars to hold back their light.
God alone stretched out
the sky, stepped on the sea,
and set the stars inplace
the Big Dipper and Orion,
the Pleiades and the stars in the southern sky.
Of all the miracles God works, we cannot understand a one.
God walks right past me, without making a sound.
And if he grabs something, who can stop him
raise a question?
When God showed his anger,
the servants of the sea monster fell at his feet.
How, then, could I possibly argue my case with God?
Even though I am innocent, I can only beg for mercy.
And if God came
into court when I called him,
he would not hear my
He would strike me with a storm and increase my injuries
for no reason at all.
Before I could get my
breath, my miseries would multiply.
God is much stronger than I am,
and who would call me into court to give me
Even if I were innocent, God would prove me wrong.
I am not guilty, but I no longer care what happens to
What difference does it make?
the innocent along with the guilty.
When a good person dies a sudden death,
God sits back and laughs.
And who else but God
blindfolds the judges,
then lets the wicked take
over the earth?
My life is speeding by, without a hope of happiness.
Each day passes
swifter than a sailing ship
or an eagle swooping
Sometimes I try to be cheerful and to stop complaining,
sufferings frighten me,
because I know that God
still considers me guilty.
So what's the use of trying to prove my
Even if I washed myself with the
God would throw me into a pit of stinking
leaving me disgusting to my clothes.
God isn't a mere human like me. I can't put him on trial.
Who could possibly judge between the two of us?
Can someone snatch away the stick
to frighten me?
Then I could speak up without fear of him,
but for now, I cannot speak.
Job Complains to God
I am sick of life! And from my deep despair,
complain to you, my God.
Don't just condemn me! Point out my sin.
do you take such delight
in destroying those you
and in smiling on sinners?
Do you look
at things the way we humans do?
Is your life as
short as ours?
Is that why you are so quick to find fault with me?
know I am innocent,
but who can defend me against
Will you now destroy someone you created?
Remember that you molded
me like a piece of clay.
So don't turn me back
into dust once again.
As cheese is made from milk,
you created my body from a tiny drop.
tied my bones together with muscles
them with flesh and skin.
You, the source of my life, showered me with
and watched over me.
You have not explained all of your mysteries,
but you catch and punish me each time I sin.
or innocent, I am condemned and ashamed
No matter how hard I try, you keep hunting me down
like a powerful lion.
You never stop accusing
me; you become furious and attack
over and over
Why did you let me be born?
rather have died before birth
and been carried to
the grave without ever breathing.
I have only a few days left.
Why don't you leave me alone?
Let me find some relief,
before I travel
to the land of darkness and despair,
the place of
Zophar's First Speech
Zophar from Naamah said:
So much foolish talk cannot go unanswered.
Your words have silenced others and made them ashamed;
now it is only right for you to be put to shame.
You claim to be innocent and argue that your beliefs
are acceptable to God.
But I wish he would
speak and let you know
that wisdom has many
You would then discover that God
has punished you less
than you deserve.
you understand the mysteries
They are higher than the heavens and deeper than the
So what can you do when you know so little,
and these mysteries outreach the earth and the
If God puts you in prison or drags you to court,
what can you do?
God has the wisdom to know
when someone is worthless and sinful,
easier to tame a wild donkey
than to make a fool
Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer,
and give up your sinseven those you do in secret.
Then you won't be ashamed;
you will be
confident and fearless.
Your troubles will go away like water beneath a
and your darkest night will be brighter
You will rest safe and secure,
filled with hope and emptied of worry.
You will sleep without fear and be
But those who are evil will go blind and lose their way.
Their only escape is death!
Job's Reply to Zophar
Job said to his friends:
You think you are so great, with all the
But I know as much as you do,
does everyone else.
I have always lived right, and God answered my prayers;
now friends make fun of me.
It's easy to
condemn those who are suffering,
when you have no
Robbers and other godless people live safely at
and say, "God is in our hands!"
If you want to learn, then go and ask
animals and the birds, the flowers and the fish.
Any of them can tell you
what the LORD has done.
Every living creature is in the hands of God.
We hear with our ears, taste with our tongues,
and gain some wisdom
who have lived a long time.
is the real source of wisdom and strength.
No one can rebuild what he
or release those he has imprisoned.
God can hold back the rain or send a flood,
just as he rules over liars and those they lie to.
God destroys counselors, turns judges into fools,
and makes slaves of kings.
God removes priests andothers who have great power
he confuses wise, experienced advisors,
puts mighty kings to shame, and takes away their
God turns darkness to light;
nations strong, then shatters their strength.
God strikes their rulers
then leaves them to roam through barren
lost in the dark, staggering like someone
I know and understand every bit of this.
None of you are smarter than I
there's nothing you know that I don't.
ButI prefer to argue my case with God AllPowerful
you are merely useless doctors, who treat me with lies.
The wisest thing you can do is to keep quiet
listen to my argument.
Are you telling lies for God
and not telling the whole truth when you argue his
If he took you to court, could you fool him,
just as you fool others?
If you were secretly
unfair, he would correct you,
and his glorious
splendor would make you terrified.
Your wisdom and arguments are as
delicate as dust.
Be quiet while I speak, then say what you will.
I will be responsible
for what happens to me.
God may kill me, but still I will trust him
and offer my defense.
This may be what saves
me, because no guilty person
would come to his
Listen carefully to my words!
I have prepared my case well, and
I am certain to win.
If you can prove me guilty, I
will give up and die.
I ask only two things of you, my God,
and Iwill no longer hide from you
and terrifying me!
Then speak, and I will reply;
or else let me speak, and you reply.
point out my sins, so I will know them.
Why have you turned your back
and count me your enemy?
Do you really enjoy
frightening a fallen leaf?
Why do you accuse me of horrible crimes
and make me pay for sins I did in my youth?
You have tied my feet down and keep me surrounded;
I am rotting away like cloth eaten by worms.
Job Continues his Prayer
Life is short and sorrowful for every living soul.
We are flowers that fade and shadows that vanish.
And so, I ask you, God, why pick on me?
There's no way a human can be completely pure.
time on earth is brief;
the number of our days is
already decided by you.
Why don't you leave us alone
and let us find some happiness while we toil and
When a tree is chopped down, there is always the hope
that it will sprout again.
Its roots and stump
may rot, but at the touch of water,
Humans are different we die, and that's the end.
We are like streams and lakes after the water has gone;
we fall into the sleep of death, never to rise again,
until the sky disappears.
Please hide me, God,deep in the ground
and when you are angry no
remember to rescue me.
Will we humans live again?
I would gladly
suffer and wait for my time.
My Creator, you would want me;
you would call out, and I would answer.
Youwould take care of me, but not count my sins
you would put them in a
bag, tie it tight,
and toss them away.
the real world, mountains tumble, and rocks crumble;
streams wear away
stones and wash away soil.
And you destroy our
You change the way we look, then send us away,
wiped out forever.
We never live to know if
our children are praised
no pain but our own, and when we mourn,
Eliphaz's Second Speech
Eliphaz from Teman said:
Job, if you had any sense,
you would stop spreading all of this hot air.
Your words are enough to make others turn from God
and lead them to doubt.
And your sinful,
is the source of all you say.
am not here as your judge;
your own words are
witnesses against you.
Were you the first human?
Are you older than the hills?
Have you ever
been present when God's council meets?
Do you alone
Do you know and understand something
We have the benefit of wisdom older than your father.
have been offered comforting words from God.
Your emotions are out of control, making you look fierce;
that's why you attack God with everything you say.
No human is pure and innocent, and neither areangels
not in the sight of God.
If God doesn't trust his angels,
what chance do humans have?
We are so terribly evil that we thirst for
Just listen to what I know, and you will learn
wisdom known by others since ancient times.
who gained such insights also gained the land,
they were not influenced by foreign teachings.
But suffering is in store
each day for those who sin.
Even in times of success,
they constantly hear the threat of doom.
Darkness, despair, and death are their destiny.
They scrounge around
all the while dreading the approaching
They are overcome with despair,
a terrified king about to go into battle.
This is because they rebelledagainst God AllPowerful
and have attacked
him with their weapons.
They may be rich and fat,
but they will
live in the ruins of deserted towns.
and wealth will shrink and disappear.
They won't escape the darkness,
and the blazing breath of God
will set their future aflame.
They have put
their trust in something worthless;
now they will
like a date palm tree without a
Or like vineyards or orchards
blossoms and unripe fruit drop to the ground.
Yes, the godless and the
will have nothing but flames feasting on
because they are the parents of
trouble and vicious lies.
Job's Reply to Eliphaz
I have often heard this, and it offers no comfort.
So why don't you keep quiet? What's bothering you?
If I were in your place, it would be easy to criticize
or to give advice.
But I would offer hope and
If I speak, or if I don't, I hurt all the same.
My torment continues.
God has worn me down and
destroyed my family;
my shriveled up skin proves
that I am his prisoner.
God is my hateful enemy, glaring at
and attacking with his sharp teeth.
is against me; they sneer and slap my face.
And God is the one who handed
to this merciless mob.
Everything was going well, until God grabbed my neck
and shook me to pieces.
God set me up as the target for his arrows,
and without showing mercy, he slashed my stomach
spilling out my insides.
God never stops
attacking, and so, in my sorrow
I dress in
sackcloth and sit in thedust.
My face is red with tears, and dark shadows circle my eyes,
though I am not violent, and my prayers are
If I should die, I beg the earth
not to cover my cry for justice.
Even now, God in heaven is both my witness
and my protector.
My friends have rejected me,
but God is the one I beg
to show that I am right, just as a friend should.
Because in only a few years, I will be dead and
Job Complains to God
My hopes have died, my time is up,
grave is ready.
All I can see are angry crowds, making fun of me.
you, LORD, don't help,
will pay the price for my release?
My friends won't really listen, all
because of you,
and so you must be the one to
prove them wrong.
They have condemned me, just to benefit themselves;
now blind their children.
You, God, are
the reason I am insulted and spit on.
I am almost blind with grief;
my body is a mere shadow.
People who are
truly good would feel so alarmed,
that they would
become angry at my worthless friends.
They would do the right thing and
because they did,
they would grow stronger.
But none of my friends show any sense.
My life is drawing to an
end; hope has disappeared.
But all my friends can
do is offer empty hopes.
I could tell the world below to prepare me a bed.
Then I could greet the grave as my father
say to the worms, "Hello, mother and sisters!"
But what kind of hope is
Will it keep me company in the world of the
Bildad's Second Speech
Bildad from Shuah said:
How long will you talk? Be sensible! Let us
Or do you think that we are dumb animals?
You cut yourself in anger. Will that shake the earth
or even move the rocks?
lamps of sinful people soon are snuffed out,
leaving their tents dark.
Their powerful legs become weak,
and they stumble on schemes of their own doing.
Before they know it, they are trapped
in a net,
hidden along the path.
Terror strikes and pursues from every side.
Starving, they run, only to meet disaster,
then afterwards to be eaten alive by death itself.
Those sinners are dragged from the safety of their tents
to die a gruesome death.
Then their tents and
possessions are burned to ashes,
and they are left
like trees, dried up from the roots.
They are gone and forgotten,
thrown far from the light into a world of darkness,
without any children to carry on their name.
Everyone, from east to west, is overwhelmed with horror.
Such is the
fate of sinners and their families
who don't know
Job's Reply to Bildad
How long will you torture me with your words?
Isn't ten times enough for you to accuse me?
Aren't you ashamed?
Even if I have sinned, you haven't been harmed.
boast of your goodness,
claiming I am suffering
because I am guilty.
But God is the one at fault
for finding fault with me.
Though I pray to be rescued from this
no whisper of justice answers me.
has me trapped with a wall of darkness
stripped of respect.
God rips me apart, uproots my hopes,
with fierce anger,
as though I were his enemy.
His entire army advances, then surrounds my tent.
God has turned relatives and friends against me,
and I am forgotten.
My guests and my servants
consider me a stranger,
and when I call my
servants, they pay no attention.
My breath disgusts my wife;
everyone in my family turns away.
children can't stand me,
and when I come near,
they make fun.
My best friends and loved ones have turned from me.
I amskin and bones just barely alive.
friends, I beg you for pity!
God has made me his
Hasn't he already done enough?
you join the attack?
I wish that my words could be written down
or chiseled into rock.
I know that my Savior
and at the end he will stand on this earth.
My flesh may be destroyed,
yet from this body
I will see God.
Yes, I will see him for myself,
and I long for that moment.
you think up ways to blame and torment me,
brought it on myself.
But watch out for the judgment,
when God will punish you!
Zophar's Second Speech
Zophar from Naamah said:
Your words are disturbing; now I must speak.
You have accused and insulted me,
requires a reply.
Since the time of creation, everyone has known
that sinful people are happy for only a while.
Though their pride and power may reach to the sky,
they will disappear
and those who knew them will wonder
They will be forgotten like a dream
and vanish from the sight of family and friends.
Their children will have to repay
parents took from the poor.
Indeed, the wicked will die and go to their
in the prime of life.
Sinners love the taste of sin;
every bite and swallow it slowly.
But their food will turn sour and poison
Then God will make them lose
the wealth they gobbled down.
They will die from the fangs of poisonous
and never enjoy rivers flowing with milk
Their hard work will result in nothing gained,
because they cheated the poor and took their
Greedy people want everything and are never satisfied.
when nothing remains for them to grab,
Once they have everything,
distress and despair will strike them down,
God will make them swallow his blazing anger.
While running from iron
they will be killed by arrows of bronze,
whose shining tips go straight through their
They will be trapped by terror,
and what they treasure most will be lost in the dark.
God will send flames to destroy them in their
with all their property.
The heavens and
the earth will testify against them,
and all their possessions will be
when God becomes angry.
what God has decided for those who are evil.
Job's Reply to Zophar
If you want to offer comfort, then listen to me.
I have finished,
you can start your insults all
My complaint is against God; that's why I am impatient.
Just looking at me is enough to make you sick,
and the very thought of myself fills me with
Why do evil people live so long and gain such power?
Why are they allowed to see their children grow up?
They have no worries at home,
and God never
Their cattle have lots of calves without ever losing one;
their children play and dance safely by
These people sing and celebrate
the sound of tambourines, small harps, and flutes,
and they are successful,
without a worry,
until the day they die.
Those who are evil say to God AllPowerful,
"Leave us alone! Don't bother us with your
What do we gain from praying and worshiping you?
succeeded all on our own."
And so, I keep away
from them and their evil schemes.
How often does God become angry
and send disaster and darkness to punish sinners?
How often does he strike them
like a windstorm
that scatters straw?
You say, "God will punish those sinners' children
in place of those sinners."
But I say, "Let him punish those sinners
until they really feel it.
Let GodAllPowerful force them to drink
destruction from the cup of his anger.
Because after they are dead,
they won't care what happens to their
Who can tell God what to do?
He judges powerful
Some of us die prosperous, enjoying good health,
die in poverty, having known only pain.
But we all
end up dead, beneath a blanket of worms.
My friends, I know that you
are plotting against me.
You ask, "Where is the home of that important
who does so much evil?"
near and far, agrees that those who do wrong
suffer disaster, when God becomes angry.
No one points out their sin or
Then at their funerals, they are highly praised;
the earth welcomes them home, while crowds mourn.
But empty, meaningless words
are the comfort
you offer me.
Eliphaz's Third Speech
Eliphaz from Teman said:
What use are we humans to God, even the wisest
If you were completely sinless,
thatwould still mean nothing to God AllPowerful.
Is he correcting you for
No! It's because of your terrible
To guarantee payment of a debt,
taken clothes from the poor.
And you refused bread and water to the hungry
although you were rich, respected,
You have turned away widows
have broken the arms of orphans.
That's why you were suddenly trapped by
blinded by darkness, and drowned in a
God lives in the heavens above the highest stars,
where he sees everything.
Do you think the
deep darkness hides you from God?
Do thick clouds cover his eyes,
as he walks around heaven's dome high above the
Give up those ancient ideas believed by sinners,
who were swept away without warning.
They rejectedGod AllPowerful, feeling he was helpless,
although he had been kind
to their families.
The beliefs of these sinners
are truly disgusting.
When God's people see the godless swept away,
they celebrate, saying, "Our enemies are gone,
fire has destroyed their possessions."
Surrender to God AllPowerful!
find peace and prosperity.
Listen to his teachings and take them to heart.
If you return to God and turn from sin,
will go well for you.
So get rid of your finest gold, as though it were
Let God AllPowerful be your silver and gold,
and you will find happiness by worshiping him.
will answer your prayers,
and you will keep the
promises you made to him.
He will do whatever you ask, and life will be
When others are disgraced, God will clear their names
in answer to your prayers.
Even those who are
guilty will be forgiven,
because you obey God.
Job's Reply to Eliphaz
Today I complain bitterly, because God has been cruel
and made me suffer.
If I knew where to find
I would go there and argue my case.
Then I would discover what he wanted to say.
he overwhelm me with his greatness?
No! He would
listen because I am innocent,
and he would say, "I
now set you free!"
I cannot find God anywhere in front or back of
to my left or my right.
God is always at work, though I never see him.
he knows what I am doing, and when he tests me,
will be pure as gold.
I have never refused to follow any of his commands,
and I have always treasured his teachings.
But he alone is God, and who can oppose him?
God does as he pleases, and he will do exactly
what he intends with me.
Merely the thought of God AllPowerful
makes me tremble with fear.
God has covered me with
but I refuse to be silent.
Why doesn't God set a time for court?
his people know where he can be found?
Sinners remove boundary markers
and take care of sheep they have stolen.
cheat orphans and widows
by taking their donkeys
The poor are trampled and forced to hide in the desert,
where they and their children must live like wild
and search for food.
If they want
grain or grapes, they must go to the property
They sleep naked in the cold, because they have no cover,
and during a storm their only shelters are caves
among the rocky cliffs.
fathers have died
are taken from their mothers as
payment for a debt.
Then they are forced to work naked in the grain fields
because they have no clothes,
and they go hungry.
They crush olives to makeoil and grapes to make wine
but still they go
And along the city streets, the wounded and dying cry out,
yet God does nothing.
Some rebel and refuse to follow the light.
Soon after sunset they murder
the poor and the needy,
and at night they
Others wait for the dark, thinking they won't be seen
if they sleep with the wife or husband of someone
Robbers hide during the day, then break in after dark
because they reject the light.
night to day, since the terrors of the night
Those sinners are filthy foam on the surface of the water.
And so, their fields and vineyards will fall under
and won't produce.
Just as the heat of
summer swallows the snow,
the world of the dead
swallows those who sin.
Forgotten here on earth, and with their power
they taste sweet to worms.
take advantage of widows
and other helpless women.
But God's mighty strength destroys those in power.
Even if they seem successful, they are doomed to
God may let them feel secure,
are never out of his sight.
Great for a while; gone forever!
Sinners are mowed down
wither and die.
If I haven't spoken the truth, then prove me wrong.
Bildad's Third Speech
Bildad from Shuah said:
God is the one to fear,
because God is in control and rules the heavens.
Who can count his army of stars?
Isn't God the
source of light?
How can anyone be innocent in the sight of God?
him, not even the light of the moon and stars
ever be pure.
So how can we humans, when we are merely worms?
Job's Reply to Bildad
You have really been helpful to someone weak and weary.
You have given great advice and wonderful wisdom
to someone truly in need.
How can anyone
possibly speak with such understanding?
Remember the terrible trembling
of those in the world of the dead
below the mighty ocean.
Nothing in that land
of death and destruction
is hidden from God, who hung
the northern sky
and suspended the earth on empty
God stores water in clouds, but they don't burst,
and he wraps them around the face of the moon.
the surface of the ocean, God has drawn a boundary line
between light and darkness.
supporting the sky tremble at his command.
By his power and wisdom,
God conquered the force of the mighty ocean.
The heavens became bright when he breathed,
and the escaping sea monster died at the hands of God.
These things are
merely a whisper of God's power at work.
little we would understand
if this whisper ever
turned into thunder!
I am desperate because GodAllPowerful
refuses to do what is right.
As surely as God lives, and while he gives me
I will tell only the truth.
day I die, I will refuse to do wrong
by saying you
because each day my conscience
agrees that I am innocent.
I pray that my enemies will suffer no less
than the wicked.
Such people are hopeless, andGod AllPowerful
will cut them down, without
when they beg for mercy.
And that is
what God should do,
because they don't like him or
Now I will explain in detail what God AllPowerful does.
All of you have seen these things for yourselves.
So you have no excuse.
Here is how God AllPowerful
who are wicked and brutal.
They may have many children, but most of
will go hungry or suffer a violent death.
Others will die of disease,
and their widows
won't be able to weep.
The wicked may collect riches and clothes in
as easily as clay.
But God's people
will wear clothes taken from them
and divide up
No homes built by the wicked will outlast a cocoon
or a shack.
Those sinners may go to bed rich,
but they will wake up poor.
Terror will strike
at night like a flood or a storm.
Then a scorching wind will sweep them
without showing mercy, as they try to escape.
At last, the wind will celebrate
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