Job 33

Job 33:1  
“However, Job, please hear my speech, and listen to all my words.

Job 33:2  
See now, I have opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken in my mouth.

Job 33:3  
My words will utter the uprightness of my heart. That which my lips know they will speak sincerely.

Job 33:4  
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 33:5  
If you can, answer me. Set your words in order before me, and stand up.

Job 33:6  
Behold, I am toward God even as you are. I am also formed out of the clay.

Job 33:7  
Behold, my terror will not make you afraid, neither will my pressure be heavy on you.

Job 33:8  
“Surely you have spoken in my hearing, I have heard the voice of your words, saying,

Job 33:9  
‘I am clean, without disobedience. I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.

Job 33:10  
Behold, he finds occasions against me. He counts me for his enemy.

Job 33:11  
He puts my feet in the stocks. He marks all my paths.’

Job 33:12  
“Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

Job 33:13  
Why do you strive against him, because he doesn’t give account of any of his matters?

Job 33:14  
For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.

Job 33:15  
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed,

Job 33:16  
then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

Job 33:17  
that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

Job 33:18  
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Job 33:19  
“He is chastened also with pain on his bed, with continual strife in his bones,

Job 33:20  
so that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.

Job 33:21  
His flesh is so consumed away that it can’t be seen. His bones that were not seen stick out.

Job 33:22  
Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.

Job 33:23  
“If there is beside him an angel, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him,

Job 33:24  
then God is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.’

Job 33:25  
His flesh will be fresher than a child’s. He returns to the days of his youth.

Job 33:26  
He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, so that he sees his face with joy. He restores to man his righteousness.

Job 33:27  
He sings before men, and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it didn’t profit me.

Job 33:28  
He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit. My life will see the light.’

Job 33:29  
“Behold, God does all these things, twice, yes three times, with a man,

Job 33:30  
to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

Job 33:31  
Mark well, Job, and listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will speak.

Job 33:32  
If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.

Job 33:33  
If not, listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”

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