Job 33 NIV

1 "But now, Job, listen1 to my words; pay attention to everything I say.2

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2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 My words come from an upright heart;3 my lips sincerely speak what I know.4

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4 The Spirit5 of God has made me;6 the breath of the Almighty7 gives me life.8

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5 Answer me9 then, if you can; prepare10 yourself and confront me.11

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6 I am just like you before God;12 I too have been taken from clay.13

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7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.14

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8 "But you have said in my hearing-- I heard the very words--
9 'I am pure15 and without sin;16 I am clean and free from guilt.17

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10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.18

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11 He fastens my feet in shackles;19 he keeps close watch on all my paths.'20

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12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.21

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13 Why do you complain to him22 that he answers none of man's wordsa ?23

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    • a 33:13 - Or "that he does not answer for any of his actions"
      14 For God does speak24--now one way, now another25-- though man may not perceive it.26

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      15 In a dream,27 in a vision28 of the night,29 when deep sleep30 falls on men as they slumber in their beds,

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      16 he may speak31 in their ears and terrify them32 with warnings,33

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      17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,34

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      18 to preserve his soul from the pit,b35 his life from perishing by the sword.c36

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        • b 33:18 - Or "preserve him from the grave"
        • c 33:18 - Or "from crossing the River"
          19 Or a man may be chastened37 on a bed of pain38 with constant distress in his bones,39

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          20 so that his very being finds food40 repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.41

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          21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones,42 once hidden, now stick out.43

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          22 His soul draws near to the pit,d44 and his life to the messengers of death.e45

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            • d 33:22 - Or "He draws near to the grave"
            • e 33:22 - Or "to the dead"
              23 "Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator,46 one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,47

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              24 to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pitf;48 I have found a ransom for him'49--

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                  25 then his flesh is renewed50 like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.51

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                  26 He prays to God and finds favor with him,52 he sees God's face and shouts for joy;53 he is restored by God to his righteous state.54

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                  27 Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned,55 and perverted what was right,56 but I did not get what I deserved.57

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                  28 He redeemed58 my soul from going down to the pit,g59 and I will live to enjoy the light.'60

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                    • g 33:28 - Or "redeemed me from going down to the grave"
                      29 "God does all these things to a man61-- twice, even three times62--

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                      30 to turn back63 his soul from the pit,h64 that the light of life65 may shine on him.66

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                        • h 33:30 - Or "turn him back from the grave"
                          31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen67 to me;68 be silent,69 and I will speak.

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                          32 If you have anything to say, answer me;70 speak up, for I want you to be cleared.71

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                              33 But if not, then listen to me;72 be silent,73 and I will teach you wisdom.74"

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