Job 33 (New International Version)

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1 "But now, Job, listen1 to my words; pay attention to everything I say.2 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 4 The Spirit5 of God has made me;6 the breath of the Almighty7 gives me life.8 5 Answer me9 then, if you can; prepare10 yourself and confront me.11 6 I am just like you before God;12 I too have been taken from clay.13 7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.14 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 10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.18 11 He fastens my feet in shackles;19 he keeps close watch on all my paths.'20 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.21 13 Why do you complain to him22 that he answers none of man's wordsa ?23 14 For God does speak24--now one way, now another25-- though man may not perceive it.26 15 In a dream,27 in a vision28 of the night,29 when deep sleep30 falls on men as they slumber in their beds, 16 he may speak31 in their ears and terrify them32 with warnings,33 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,34 18 to preserve his soul from the pit,b35 his life from perishing by the sword.c36 19 Or a man may be chastened37 on a bed of pain38 with constant distress in his bones,39 20 so that his very being finds food40 repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.41 21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones,42 once hidden, now stick out.43 22 His soul draws near to the pit,d44 and his life to the messengers of death.e45 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 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-- 25 then his flesh is renewed50 like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.51 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 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 28 He redeemed58 my soul from going down to the pit,g59 and I will live to enjoy the light.'60 29 "God does all these things to a man61-- twice, even three times62-- 30 to turn back63 his soul from the pit,h64 that the light of life65 may shine on him.66 31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen67 to me;68 be silent,69 and I will speak. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me;70 speak up, for I want you to be cleared.71 33 But if not, then listen to me;72 be silent,73 and I will teach you wisdom.74"
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