Job 33 TNIV

1 "But now, Job, listen1 to my words; pay attention to everything I say.2

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2 I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3 My words come from an upright heart;3 my lips sincerely speak what I know.4

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4 The Spirit5 of God has made me;6 the breath of the Almighty7 gives me life.8

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5 Answer me9 then, if you can; stand up10 and argue your case before me.11

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6 I am the same as you in God's sight;12 I too am a piece of clay.13

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7 No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy on you.14

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8 "But you have said in my hearing-- I heard the very words--
9 'I am pure,15 I have done no wrong;16 I am clean and free from sin.17

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10 Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy.18

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11 He fastens my feet in shackles;19 he keeps close watch on all my paths.'20

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12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.21

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13 Why do you complain to him22 that he responds to no one's wordsa ?23

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    • a 33:13 - Or "that he does not answer for any of his actions"
      14 For God does speak24--now one way, now another25-- though no one perceives it.26

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      15 In a dream,27 in a vision28 of the night,29 when deep sleep30 falls on people as they slumber in their beds,

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      16 he may speak31 in their ears and terrify them32 with warnings,33

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      17 to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,34

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      18 to preserve them from the pit,35 their lives from perishing by the sword.b36

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        • b 33:18 - Or "from crossing the river"
          19 "Or they may be chastened37 on a bed of pain38 with constant distress in their bones,39

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          20 so that their bodies find food40 repulsive and their souls loathe the choicest meal.41

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          21 Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones,42 once hidden, now stick out.43

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          22 They draw near to the pit,44 and their lives to the messengers of death.c45

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            • c 33:22 - Or "to the place of the dead"
              23 Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger,46 one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright,47

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              24 and he is gracious to them and says to God, 'Spare them from going down to the pit;48 I have found a ransom for them49--

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              25 let their flesh be renewed50 like a child's; let them be restored as in the days of their youth'51--

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              26 then they can pray to God and find favor with him,52 they will see God's face and shout for joy;53 he will restore them to full well-being.54

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              27 And they will go to others and say, 'We have sinned,55 we have perverted what is right,56 but we did not get what we deserved.57

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              28 God has delivered58 us from going down to the pit,59 and we shall live to enjoy the light of life.'60

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              29 "God does all these things to people61-- twice, even three times62--

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              30 to turn them back63 from the pit,64 that the light of life65 may shine on them.66

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              31 "Pay attention, Job, and listen67 to me;68 be silent,69 and I will speak.

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              32 If you have anything to say, answer me;70 speak up, for I want to vindicate you.71

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                  33 But if not, then listen to me;72 be silent,73 and I will teach you wisdom.74"

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