1"However now, Job, please1hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
2"Beholdnow, I open my mouth, My tongue in my amouthspeaks.
"My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lipsspeak2knowledgesincerely.
"The 3Spirit of God has made me, And the 4breath of bthe Almightygives me life.
"5Refute me if you can ; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
6"Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been cformed out of the 6clay.
7"Behold, 7nofear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressureweighheavily on you.
8"Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words :
'I am 8pure, 9withouttransgression ; I am innocent and there 10is noguilt in me.
10'Behold, He dinventspretextsagainst me; He 11counts me as His enemy.
'He 12puts my feet in the stocks ; He watchesall my paths.'
12"Behold, let me etell you, 13you are not right in this, For God is greaterthanman.
13"Why do you 14complainagainst Him That He does not give an account of all His doings ?
14"Indeed15Godspeaksonce, Or twice, yet no one notices it.
"In a 16dream, a vision of the night, When soundsleepfalls on men, While they slumber in their beds,
16Then17He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,
That He may turnmanaside from his conduct, And fkeepman from pride ;
He 18keepsback his soul from the pit, And his life from gpassingover19into Sheol.
"hMan is also chastened with 20pain on his bed, And with unceasingcomplaint in his bones ;
So that his life21loathesbread, And his soulfavoritefood.
"His 22fleshwastesaway from sight, And his 23bones which were not seenstick out.
"Then 24his souldrawsnear to the pit, And his life to those who bringdeath.
23"Ifthere is an angel as 25mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a manwhat is iright for him,
Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from 26goingdown to the pit, I have found a 27ransom ';
Let his fleshbecomefresherthan in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthfulvigor ;
Then he will 28pray to God, and He will accept him, That 29he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.
"He will sing to men and say, 'I 30have sinned and pervertedwhat is right, And it is not 31proper for me.
'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall 32see the light.'
29"Behold, Goddoes33allthesejoftentimes with men,
To 34bringback his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
31"Payattention, O Job, listen to me; Keepsilent, and let me speak.
"Then ifkyou haveanything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33"If not, 35listen to me; Keepsilent, and I will teach you wisdom."