Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion.
Job 4:1 Forsothe Eliphat Themanytes answeride, and seide, Job 4:2 If we bigynnen to speke to thee, in hap thou schalt take it heuyli; but who may holde a word conseyued? Job 4:3 Lo! thou hast tauyt ful many men, and thou hast strengthid hondis maad feynt. Job 4:4 Thi wordis confermyden men doutynge, and thou coumfortidist knees tremblynge. Job 4:5 But now a wounde is comun on thee, and thou hast failid; it touchide thee, and thou art disturblid. Job 4:6 Where is thi drede, thi strengthe, and thi pacience, and the perfeccioun of thi weies?
He teacheth God's judgment to be not for the righteous, but for the wicked.
Job 4:7 Y biseche thee, haue thou mynde, what innocent man perischide euere, ethir whanne riytful men weren doon awei? Job 4:8 Certis rathir Y siy hem, that worchen wickidnesse, and sowen sorewis, Job 4:9 and repen tho, to haue perischid bi God blowynge, and to be wastid bi the spirit of his ire. Job 4:10 The roryng of a lioun, and the vois of a lionesse, and the teeth of whelpis of liouns ben al to-brokun. Job 4:11 Tigris perischide, for sche hadde not prey; and the whelpis of a lioun ben distried.
His fearful vision, to humble the excellency of creatures before God.
Job 4:12 Certis an hid word was seid to me, and myn eere took as theueli the veynes of priuy noise therof. Job 4:13 In the hidousnesse of nyytis siyt, whanne heuy sleep is wont to occupie men, Job 4:14 drede and tremblyng helde me; and alle my boonys weren aferd. Job 4:15 And whanne the spirit yede in my presence, the heiris of my fleisch hadden hidousnesse. Job 4:16 Oon stood, whos chere Y knewe not, an ymage bifor myn iyen; and Y herde a vois as of softe wynd. Job 4:17 Whether a man schal be maad iust in comparisoun of God? ethir whethir a man schal be clennere than his Makere? Job 4:18 Lo! thei that seruen hym ben not stidefast; and he findith schrewidnesse in hise aungels. Job 4:19 Hou myche more thei that dwellen in housis of cley, that han an ertheli foundement, schulen be wastyd as of a mouyte. Job 4:20 Fro morewtid til to euentid thei schulen be kit doun; and for no man vndurstondith, thei schulen perische with outen ende. Job 4:21 Sotheli thei, that ben residue, schulen be takun awei; thei schulen die, and not in wisdom.