||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 33 [Commentary] |
|| "However now, Job, please hear my speech,
And listen to all my words.
||"Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue in my mouth speaks.
||"My words are from the uprightness of my heart,
And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.
||"The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
||"Refute me if you can;
Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
||"Behold, I belong to God like you;
I too have been formed out of the clay.
||"Behold, no fear of me should terrify you,
Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
||"Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words:
||`I am pure, without transgression;
I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.
||`Behold, He invents pretexts against me;
He counts me as His enemy.
||`He puts my feet in the stocks;
He watches all my paths.'
||"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this,
For God is greater than man.
||"Why do you complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?
||"Indeed God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
||"In a dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
||Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
||That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
And keep man from pride;
||He keeps back his soul from the pit,
And his life from passing over into Sheol.
||"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
||So that his life loathes bread,
And his soul favorite food.
||"His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones which were not seen stick out.
||"Then his soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those who bring death.
||"If there is an angel as mediator for him,
One out of a thousand,
To remind a man what is right for him,
||Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
`Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom';
||Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
||Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him,
That he may see His face with joy,
And He may restore His righteousness to man.
||"He will sing to men and say,
`I have sinned and perverted what is right,
And it is not proper for me.
||`He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit,
And my life shall see the light.'
||"Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,
||To bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
||"Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
Keep silent, and let me speak.
||"Then if you have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
||"If not, listen to me;
Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."
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