Job, Chapter 33

33:1 Nevertheless, Job, I pray you, hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
33:2 Look now, I have opened my mouth; My tongue has spoken in my mouth.
33:3 My words [will utter] the uprightness of my heart; And that which my lips know they will speak sincerely.
33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
33:5 If you can, answer me; Set [your words] in order before me, stand forth.
33:6 Look, I am toward God even as you are: I also am formed out of the clay.
33:7 Look, my terror will not make you afraid, Neither will my pressure be heavy on you.
33:8 Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of [your] words, [saying,]
33:9 I am clean, without transgression; I am pure, neither is there iniquity in me:
33:10 Look, he finds occasions against me, He counts me for his enemy:
33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks, He marks all my paths.
33:12 Look, I will answer you, in this you are not just; For God is greater than common man.
33:13 Why do you strive against him Because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?
33:14 For God speaks once, Yes twice, [though man] does not regard it.
33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, In slumberings on the bed;
33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, And seals their warning,
33:17 That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, And hide pride from a [noble] man;
33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.
33:19 He is chastened also with pain on his bed, And with continual strife in his bones;
33:20 So that his life abhors bread, And his soul dainty food.
33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it can't be seen; And his bones that were not seen stick out.
33:22 Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to the destroyers.
33:23 If there is with him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand, To show to man what is right for him;
33:24 Then [God] is gracious to him, and says, Protect him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.
33:25 His flesh becomes fresher than a child's; He returns to the days of his youth.
33:26 He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, So that he sees his face with joy: And he restores to common man his righteousness.
33:27 He sings before men, and says, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it didn't profit me:
33:28 He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit, And my life will see the light.
33:29 Look, God works all these things, Twice, [yes] thrice, with a [noble] man,
33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
33:31 Mark well, O Job, listen to me: Hold your peace, and I will speak.
33:32 If you have anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33:33 If not, listen to me: Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.

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