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Job 4:12–17

12  “Now a word was brought to me stealthily;

my ear received ithe whisper of it.

13  Amid jthoughts from kvisions of the night,

when kdeep sleep falls on men,

14  dread came upon me, and trembling,

which made all my bones shake.

15  A spirit glided past my face;

the hair of my flesh stood up.

16  It stood still,

but I could not discern its appearance.

lA form was before my eyes;

there was silence, then I heard ma voice:

17  n‘Can mortal man be in the right before2 God?

Can a man be pure before his Maker?

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Job 4:12–17 — The New International Version (NIV)

12 “A word was secretly brought to me,

my ears caught a whisper of it.

13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,

when deep sleep falls on people,

14 fear and trembling seized me

and made all my bones shake.

15 A spirit glided past my face,

and the hair on my body stood on end.

16 It stopped,

but I could not tell what it was.

A form stood before my eyes,

and I heard a hushed voice:

17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?

Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me,

And mine ear received a little thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night,

When deep sleep falleth on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling,

Which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face;

The hair of my flesh stood up:

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof:

An image was before mine eyes,

There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God?

Shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 4:12–17 — New Living Translation (NLT)

12 “This truth was given to me in secret,

as though whispered in my ear.

13 It came to me in a disturbing vision at night,

when people are in a deep sleep.

14 Fear gripped me,

and my bones trembled.

15 A spirit swept past my face,

and my hair stood on end.

16 The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape.

There was a form before my eyes.

In the silence I heard a voice say,

17 ‘Can a mortal be innocent before God?

Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’

Job 4:12–17 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

12 “Now a word was secretly brought to me,

And my ear received a whisper of it.

13 In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,

When deep sleep falls on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling,

Which made all my bones shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face;

The hair on my body stood up.

16 It stood still,

But I could not discern its appearance.

A form was before my eyes;

There was silence;

Then I heard a voice saying:

17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?

Can a man be more pure than his Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — New Century Version (NCV)

12 “A word was brought to me in secret,

and my ears heard a whisper of it.

13 It was during a nightmare

when people are in deep sleep.

14 I was trembling with fear;

all my bones were shaking.

15 A spirit glided past my face,

and the hair on my body stood on end.

16 The spirit stopped,

but I could not see what it was.

A shape stood before my eyes,

and I heard a quiet voice.

17 It said, ‘Can a human be more right than God?

Can a person be pure before his maker?

Job 4:12–17 — American Standard Version (ASV)

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me,

And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night,

When deep sleep falleth on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling,

Which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face;

The hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof;

A form was before mine eyes:

There was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God?

Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

12 Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof. 13 In thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men: — 14 Fear came on me, and trembling, and made all my bones to shake; 15 And a spirit passed before my face—the hair of my flesh stood up— 16 It stood still; I could not discern the appearance thereof: a form was before mine eyes; I heard a slight murmur and a voice: 17 Shall mortal man be more just than †God? Shall a man be purer than his Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

12 “I was told something secretly 

and heard something whispered in my ear. 

13 With disturbing thoughts from visions in the night, 

when deep sleep falls on people, 

14 fear and trembling came over me, 

and all my bones shook. 

15 A spirit passed in front of me. 

It made my hair stand on end. 

16 Something stood there. 

I couldn’t tell what it was. 

A vague image was in front of my eyes. 

I heard a soft voice: 

17 ‘Can ⸤any⸥ mortal be righteous to God? 

Can ⸤any⸥ human being be pure to his maker?’ 

Job 4:12–17 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 A word was brought to me in secret;

my ears caught a whisper of it.

13 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night,

when deep sleep descends on men,

14 fear and trembling came over me

and made all my bones shake.

15 A wind passed by me,

and I shuddered with fear.

16 A figure stood there,

but I could not recognize its appearance;

a form loomed before my eyes.

I heard a quiet voice:

17 “Can a person be more righteous than God,

or a man more pure than his Maker?”

Job 4:12–17 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 “Now a word came stealing to me,

my ear received the whisper of it.

13 Amid thoughts from visions of the night,

when deep sleep falls on mortals,

14 dread came upon me, and trembling,

which made all my bones shake.

15 A spirit glided past my face;

the hair of my flesh bristled.

16 It stood still,

but I could not discern its appearance.

A form was before my eyes;

there was silence, then I heard a voice:

17 ‘Can mortals be righteous before God?

Can human beings be pure before their Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

12 “And a word came stealing to me,

and my ear received the whisper from it.

13 Amid troubling thoughts from night visions,

at the falling of deep sleep on men,

14 dread met me, and trembling,

and it made many of my bones shake.

15 And a spirit glided before my face;

the hair of my flesh bristled.

16 It stood still, but I could not recognize its appearance;

a form was before my eyes;

there was a hush, and I heard a voice:

17 ‘Can a human being be more righteous than God,

or can a man be more pure than his Maker?

Job 4:12–17 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

12 “A message came to me in secret.

It was as quiet as a whisper.

13 I had a scary dream one night.

I was sound asleep.

14 Fear and trembling grabbed hold of me.

That made every bone in my body shake.

15 A spirit glided past my face.

The hair on my body stood on end.

16 Then the spirit stopped.

But I couldn’t tell what it was.

Something stood there in front of me.

I heard a soft voice.

17 It said, ‘Can a human being be more right than God?

Can a mere man be more pure than the One who made him?

Job 4:12–17 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

12 “Now a word was brought to me stealthily,

And my ear received a whisper of it.

13 “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,

When deep sleep falls on men,

14 Dread came upon me, and trembling,

And made all my bones shake.

15 “Then a spirit passed by my face;

The hair of my flesh bristled up.

16 “It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;

A form was before my eyes;

There was silence, then I heard a voice:

17 ‘Can mankind be just before God?

Can a man be pure before his Maker?