Job 33

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  • 1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
  • 2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
  • 3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
  • 4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
  • 5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
  • 6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
  • 7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
  • 8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
  • 9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
  • 10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
  • 11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
  • 12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
  • 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
  • 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
  • 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
  • 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
  • 17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
  • 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
  • 19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
  • 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
  • 21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
  • 22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
  • 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
  • 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
  • 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
  • 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
  • 27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
  • 28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
  • 29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
  • 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
  • 31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
  • 32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
  • 33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

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