1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my
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
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
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
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
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
32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to
33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee
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