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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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Eliphaz's First Speech. 1Then spoke Eliphaz the Temanite, who said:

2If someone attempts a word with you, will you mind? For how can anyone refrain from speaking? 3Behold, you have instructed many, and have made firm their feeble hands. 4Your words have upheld the stumbler; you have strengthened his faltering knees. 5But now that it comes to you, you are impatient; when it touches yourself, you are dismayed. 6Is not your peity a source of confidence, and your integrity of life your hope? 7Reflect now, what innocent person perishes? o Ps 37, 25 . Since when are the upright destroyed? 8As I see it, those who plow for mischief and sow trouble, reap the same. 9By the breath of God they perish, p Ps 18, 16; Is 11, 4; 2; Thes 2, 8 . and by the blast of his wrath they are consumed. 10Though the lion* roars, though the king of beasts cries out, yet the teeth of the young lions are broken; 11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. 12For a word was stealthily brought to me,* and my ear caught a whisper of it. 13In my thoughts during visions of the night, q Jb 33, 15 . when deep sleep falls on men, 14Fear came upon me, and shuddering, that terrified me to the bones. 15Then a spirit passed before me, and the hair of my flesh stood up. 16It paused, but its likeness I could not discern; a figure was before my eyes, and I heard a still voice: 17“Can a man be righteous as against God? r Jb 9, 2; 15, 14ff; 25, 4; Pss 130, 3; 143, 2 . Can a mortal be blameless against his Maker? 18Lo, he puts no trust in his servants, s Jb 15, 15; 2 Pt 2, 4; Jude 6. and with his angels he can find fault. 19How much more with those that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed more easily than the moth! 20Morning or evening they may be shattered; with no heed paid to it, they perish forever. 21The pegs of their tent are plucked up; they die without knowing wisdom.”

Notes:

o: Ps 37, 25 .

p: Ps 18, 16; Is 11, 4; 2; Thes 2, 8 .

q: Jb 33, 15 .

r: Jb 9, 2; 15, 14ff; 25, 4; Pss 130, 3; 143, 2 .

s: Jb 15, 15; 2 Pt 2, 4; Jude 6.

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