Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words ?
For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,
he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,
to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.
“Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones,
so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.
Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.
They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.
Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright,