- Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear mine utterances, and hearken to all my words.
- Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaketh in my palate,
- My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart, and my lips shall utter knowledge purely.
- The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
- If thou canst, answer me;
array [thy words] before me: take thy stand.
- Behold, before God I am as thou;
I also am formed out of the clay.
- Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, nor my burden be heavy upon thee.
- Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words: —
- I am clean without transgression;
I am pure, and there is no iniquity in me;
- Lo, he findeth occasions of hostility against me, he counteth me for his enemy;
- He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
- Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right;
for +God is greater than man.
- Why dost thou strive against him?
for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
- For God speaketh once, and twice, — [and man] perceiveth it not —
- In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
- Then he openeth men's ears, and sealeth their instruction,
- That he may withdraw man [from his] work, and hide pride from man.
- He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.
- He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and with constant strife in his bones;
- And his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food;
- His flesh is consumed away from view, and his bones that were not seen stick out;
- And his soul draweth near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.
- If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his duty;
- Then he will be gracious unto him, and say, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
- His flesh shall be fresher than in childhood;
he shall return to the days of his youth.
- He shall pray unto +God, and he will receive him with favour;
and he shall see his face with shoutings, and he will render unto man his righteousness.
- He will sing before men, and say, I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it hath not been requited to me;
- He hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light.
- Lo, all these [things] worketh God twice, thrice, with man,
- To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
- Mark well, Job, hearken unto me;
be silent, and I will speak.
- If thou hast anything to say, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify thee.
- If not, hearken thou unto me;
be silent, and I will teach thee wisdom.