Job 33:12-30 NIV

12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.1

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13 Why do you complain to him2 that he answers none of man's wordsa ?3

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    • a 33:13 - Or "that he does not answer for any of his actions"
      14 For God does speak4--now one way, now another5-- though man may not perceive it.6

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      15 In a dream,7 in a vision8 of the night,9 when deep sleep10 falls on men as they slumber in their beds,

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      16 he may speak11 in their ears and terrify them12 with warnings,13

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      17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,14

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      18 to preserve his soul from the pit,b15 his life from perishing by the sword.c16

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        • b 33:18 - Or "preserve him from the grave"
        • c 33:18 - Or "from crossing the River"
          19 Or a man may be chastened17 on a bed of pain18 with constant distress in his bones,19

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          20 so that his very being finds food20 repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.21

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          21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones,22 once hidden, now stick out.23

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          22 His soul draws near to the pit,d24 and his life to the messengers of death.e25

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            • d 33:22 - Or "He draws near to the grave"
            • e 33:22 - Or "to the dead"
              23 "Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator,26 one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,27

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              24 to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the pitf;28 I have found a ransom for him'29--

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                  25 then his flesh is renewed30 like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth.31

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                  26 He prays to God and finds favor with him,32 he sees God's face and shouts for joy;33 he is restored by God to his righteous state.34

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                  27 Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned,35 and perverted what was right,36 but I did not get what I deserved.37

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                  28 He redeemed38 my soul from going down to the pit,g39 and I will live to enjoy the light.'40

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                    • g 33:28 - Or "redeemed me from going down to the grave"
                      29 "God does all these things to a man41-- twice, even three times42--

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                      30 to turn back43 his soul from the pit,h44 that the light of life45 may shine on him.46

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                        • h 33:30 - Or "turn him back from the grave"