"Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator,1 one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,2
to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pit;3 I have found a ransom for him'4--
then his flesh is renewed5 like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.6
He prays to God and finds favor with him,7 he sees God's face and shouts for joy;8 he is restored by God to his righteous state.9
Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned,10 and perverted what was right,11 but I did not get what I deserved.12
He redeemed13 my soul from going down to the pit,14 and I will live to enjoy the light.'15
"God does all these things to a man16-- twice, even three times17--
to turn back18 his soul from the pit,19 that the light of life20 may shine on him.21
"Pay attention, Job, and listen22 to me;23 be silent,24 and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me;25 speak up, for I want you to be cleared.26
But if not, then listen to me;27 be silent,28 and I will teach you wisdom.29"
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