1 “But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.

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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; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

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5 Answer me then, if you can; stand up and argue your case before me.

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6 I am the same as you in God’s sight; I too am a piece of clay.

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

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8 “But you have said in my hearing— I heard the very words—
9 ‘I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin.

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

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

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12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.
13 Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s wordsa ?

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    • – 33:13 - Or "that he does not answer for any of his actions"
      14 For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it.

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      15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,
      16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,

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      17 to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,

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      18 to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.b

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      19 “Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones,
      20 so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.

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      21 Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.

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      22 They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.c

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        • ˜ 33:22 - Or "to the place of the dead"
          23 Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright,
          24 and he is gracious to that person and says to God, ‘Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them—

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          25 let their flesh be renewed like a child’s; let them be restored as in the days of their youth’—

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          26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.
          27 And they will go to others and say, ‘I have sinned, I have perverted what is right, but I did not get what I deserved.
          28 God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’

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          29 “God does all these things to a person— twice, even three times—
          30 to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.
          31 “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.

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          32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you.

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          33 But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”

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