Job 33 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "So please, Job, hear me out, honor me by listening to me. 1 "But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
2 What I'm about to say has been carefully thought out. 2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 I have no ulterior motives in this; I'm speaking honestly from my heart. 3 My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4 The Spirit of God made me what I am, the breath of God Almighty gave me life! God Always Answers, One Way or Another 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 "And if you think you can prove me wrong, do it. Lay out your arguments. Stand up for yourself! 5 Answer me then, if you can; prepare yourself and confront me.
6 Look, I'm human - no better than you; we're both made of the same kind of mud. 6 I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.
7 So let's work this through together; don't let my aggressiveness overwhelm you. 7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.
8 "Here's what you said. I heard you say it with my own ears. 8 "But you have said in my hearing-- I heard the very words--
9 You said, 'I'm pure - I've done nothing wrong. Believe me, I'm clean - my conscience is clear. 9 'I am pure and without sin; I am clean and free from guilt.
10 But God keeps picking on me; he treats me like I'm his enemy. 10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.
11 He's thrown me in jail; he keeps me under constant surveillance.' 11 He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.'
12 "But let me tell you, Job, you're wrong, dead wrong! God is far greater than any human. 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.
13 So how dare you haul him into court, and then complain that he won't answer your charges? 13 Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man's words ?
14 God always answers, one way or another, even when people don't recognize his presence. 14 For God does speak--now one way, now another-- though man may not perceive it.
15 "In a dream, for instance, a vision at night, when men and women are deep in sleep, fast asleep in 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 God opens their ears and impresses them with warnings 16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
17 To turn them back from something bad they're planning, from some reckless choice, 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,
18 And keep them from an early grave, from the river of no return. 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
19 "Or, God might get their attention through pain, by throwing them on a bed of suffering, 19 Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
20 So they can't stand the sight of food, have no appetite for their favorite treats. 20 so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
21 They lose weight, wasting away to nothing, reduced to a bag of bones. 21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
22 They hang on the cliff-edge of death, knowing the next breath may be their last. 22 His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
23 "But even then an angel could come, a champion - there are thousands of them! - to take up your cause, 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 A messenger who would mercifully intervene, canceling the death sentence with the words: 'I've come up with the 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 Before you know it, you're healed, the very picture of health! 25 then his flesh is renewed like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
26 "Or, you may fall on your knees and pray - to God's delight! You'll see God's smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. 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 You'll sing God's praises to everyone you meet, testifying, 'I messed up my life - and let me tell you, it wasn't worth it. 27 Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.
28 But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I'm alive again! Once more I see the light!' 28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.'
29 "This is the way God works. Over and over again 29 "God does all these things to a man-- twice, even three times--
30 He pulls our souls back from certain destruction so we'll see the light - and live in the light! 30 to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.
31 "Keep listening, Job. Don't interrupt - I'm not finished yet. 31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
32 But if you think of anything I should know, tell me. There's nothing I'd like better than to see your name cleared. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want you to be cleared.
33 Meanwhile, keep listening. Don't distract me with interruptions. I'm going to teach you the basics of wisdom." 33 But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."