¶ Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite and said unto him: If we begin to commune with thee, peradventure thou wilt be discontent, but who can withhold himself from speaking? Behold, thou hast been a teacher of many, and hast comforted the weary hands. Thy words have set up those that were fallen, thou hast refreshed the weak knees. But now that the plague is come upon thee, thou shrinkest away: now that it hath touched thy self, thou art faint hearted. Is not this thy fear, thy steadfastness, thy patience, and the perfectness of thy ways?
¶ Consider (I pray thee) who ever perished being an innocent? Or, when were the godly destroyed? As I have seen them that plow vanity and sow malice reap the same. With the blast of God did they perish, and with the breath of his anger consumed they away. The roaring of the lion, the voice of the lioness, and the teeth of the lions' whelps are broken. The lion perisheth, for lack of prey and the lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
¶ And unto me was the word hid, and mine ear hath received a little thereof. In the fantasies and thoughts of the visions of the night, when sleep cometh on men: Fear came upon me and dread and made all my bones to shake. And when the wind passed by before my presence it made the hairs of my flesh stond up. He stood there and I knew not his face, an image there was before me and there was stillness, so that I heard this voice. Shall man be more just than God? Or shall man be purer than his maker? Behold there is no trust to his servants, and in his angels hath he found frowardness. How much more in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is but earth: which shall be consumed by the moth? They shall be smitten from morning unto the evening: yea they shall perish everlastingly, and no man think thereon. Is not their dignity taken away with them, they shall die and not in wisdom.