For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed,
then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
that He may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
"He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain,
so that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen stick out.
Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand to show unto man his uprightness,
then he is gracious unto him and saith, `Deliver him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom.'