Job 33 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And now, O Job, give ear to my words, and take note of all I say. 1 "But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
2 See, now my mouth is open, my tongue gives out words. 2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 My heart is overflowing with knowledge, my lips say what is true. 3 My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4 The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Ruler of all gives me life. 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 If you are able, give me an answer; put your cause in order, and come forward. 5 Answer me then, if you can; prepare yourself and confront me.
6 See, I am the same as you are in the eyes of God; I was cut off from the same bit of wet earth. 6 I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.
7 Fear of me will not overcome you, and my hand will not be hard on you. 7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.
8 But you said in my hearing, and your voice came to my ears: 8 "But you have said in my hearing-- I heard the very words--
9 I am clean, without sin; I am washed, and there is no evil in me: 9 'I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt.
10 See, he is looking for something against me; in his eyes I am as one of his haters; 10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.
11 He puts chains on my feet; he is watching all my ways. 11 He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.'
12 Truly, in saying this you are wrong; for God is greater than man. 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.
13 Why do you put forward your cause against him, saying, He gives no answer to any of my words? 13 Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man's words ?
14 For God gives his word in one way, even in two, and man is not conscious of it: 14 For God does speak--now one way, now another-- though man may not perceive it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep comes on men, while they take their rest on their beds; 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,
16 Then he makes his secrets clear to men, so that they are full of fear at what they see; 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
17 In order that man may be turned from his evil works, and that pride may be taken away from him; 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,
18 To keep back his soul from the underworld, and his life from destruction. 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
19 Pain is sent on him as a punishment, while he is on his bed; there is no end to the trouble in his bones; 19 Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
20 He has no desire for food, and his soul is turned away from delicate meat; 20 so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
21 His flesh is so wasted away, that it may not be seen, and his bones. ... 21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
22 And his soul comes near to the underworld, and his life to the angels of death. 22 His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
23 If now there may be an angel sent to him, one of the thousands which there are to be between him and God, and to make clear to man what is right for him; 23 "Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,
24 And if he has mercy on him, and says, Let him not go down to the underworld, I have given the price for his life: 24 to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him'--
25 Then his flesh becomes young again, and he comes back to the days of his early strength; 25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
26 He makes his prayer to God, and he has mercy on him; he sees God's face with cries of joy; he gives news of his righteousness to men; 26 He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God's face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.
27 He makes a song, saying, I did wrong, turning from the straight way, but he did not give me the reward of my sin. 27 Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.
28 He kept my soul from the underworld, and my life sees the light in full measure. 28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.'
29 Truly, God does all these things to man, twice and three times, 29 "God does all these things to a man-- twice, even three times--
30 Keeping back his soul from the underworld, so that he may see the light of life. 30 to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.
31 Take note O Job, give ear to me; keep quiet, while I say what is in my mind. 31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, give me an answer; for it is my desire that you may be judged free from sin. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want you to be cleared.
33 If not, give attention to me, and keep quiet, and I will give you wisdom. 33 But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."