|<< Job 33 >>|
The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
Therefore, Job, hear now my reasons, and hearken to all my words.
Behold, now I shall open my mouth, my tongue shall speak in my mouth.
My reasons declare the uprightness of my heart; and my lips shall utter pure knowledge.
The Spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me life.
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead; I also am formed out of the clay.
Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
8Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
9I am clean without rebellion, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
10Behold, God sought occasions against me, he counts me for his enemy,
11he put my feet in the stocks, he guards all my paths.
12Behold, in this thou art not just; I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13Why dost thou strive against him? For he will not answer all of thy words.
14Nevertheless, in one or two manners God speaks to the one who does not see.
15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16then he opens the ears of men and seals their instruction,
17that he may withdraw the man from his own work and cover the man from pride.
18Thus he keeps back his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.
19He is chastened also upon his bed with strong pain in all his bones,
20so that his life abhors bread and his soul dainty food.
21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22His soul shall draw near to the grave, and his life to those that would bury him.
23If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness;
24to tell him that God had mercy on him, that he delivered him from going down to the pit; that he found a ransom;
25his flesh shall become more tender than a child’s; and he shall return to the days of his youth.
26He shall pray unto God, and he will love him; and he shall see his face with shouts of joy; for he will render unto the man the recompense of his righteousness.
27He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned and perverted that which was right, and it did not profit me;
28God will ransom his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29Behold, God does all these things two and three times with man,
30to turn back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
31Hear me, O Job, hearken unto me; be silent, and I will speak.
32If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33If not, hearken unto me; be silent, and I shall teach thee wisdom.