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Job 33 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But now, listen to me, Job; pay attention to all my words. 1 "But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
2 Notice that I am opening my mouth; my tongue is speaking in my mouth. 2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 My words come from a virtuous heart; my lips speak knowledge clearly. 3 My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4 God's spirit made me; the Almighty's breath enlivens me. 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 If you are able, answer me; lay out your case before me and take a stand. 5 Answer me then, if you can; prepare yourself and confront me.
6 Notice that I'm just like you to God; I also was pinched from clay. 6 I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.
7 Surely fear of me shouldn't scare you; my pressure on you shouldn't be heavy. 7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.
8 You certainly said in my hearing; I heard the sound of your words: 8 "But you have said in my hearing-- I heard the very words--
9 "I'm pure, without sin; I'm innocent, without offense. 9 'I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt.
10 Notice that he invents arguments against me; he considers me his enemy, 10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.
11 ties up my feet, watches all my paths." 11 He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.'
12 Now you're wrong about this; I'll answer you, for God is greater than anybody. 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.
13 Why do you contend with him, saying that he doesn't answer all your words? 13 Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man's words ?
14 God speaks in one way, in two ways, but no one perceives it. 14 For God does speak--now one way, now another-- though man may not perceive it.
15 In the dream, a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon humans, during their slumber on a bed, 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 opens people's ears, scares them with warnings, 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
17 to turn them from a deed and to smother human pride. 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,
18 He keeps one from the pit, a life from perishing by the sword. 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
19 Or a person may be disciplined by pain while in bed, bones ever aching 19 Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
20 until a person loathes food, an appetite rejects a delicacy; 20 so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
21 the flesh wastes away, no longer visible; the bones, once hidden, protrude. 21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
22 A life approaches the pit; its very being draws near the death dealers. 22 His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
23 Surely there's a messenger for this person, a mediator, one out of a thousand to declare one's integrity to another 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 so that God has compassion on that person and says, "Rescue this one from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom." 24 to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him'--
25 That person's flesh is renewed like a child's; they regain their youth. 25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
26 They pray to God, and God is pleased with them; they behold God's presence with a joyful shout. God rewards a person's righteousness. 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 They sing before people and say: "I have sinned, perverted justice, but didn't experience the consequences. 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 ransomed me from crossing into the pit; my life beholds light." 28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.'
29 Look, God does all this, twice, three times with persons 29 "God does all these things to a man-- twice, even three times--
30 to bring them back from the pit, to shine with life's light. 30 to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.
31 Listen, Job; hear me; be quiet, and I will speak. 31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
32 If you have words, answer me; speak, for I want to be innocent. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want you to be cleared.
33 If not, you must hear me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom. 33 But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."