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JOB ยท Chapter 33

33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.
33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
33:4 The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
33:5 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up.
33:6 Behold, I am according to your wish in God's position: I also am formed out of the clay.
33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon you.
33:8 Surely you have spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
33:10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counts me for his enemy,
33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks, he marks all my paths.
33:12 Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.
33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.
33:14 For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.
33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
33:20 So that his life detests bread, and his soul dainty food.
33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
33:22 Yea, his soul draws near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness:
33:24 Then he is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
33:27 He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
33:29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man,
33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold your peace, and I will speak.
33:32 If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.
33:33 If not, hearken unto me: hold your peace, and I shall teach you wisdom.

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