- Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech, and hearken to all my words.
- Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
- My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart;
and that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
- The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty given me life.
- If thou canst, answer thou me, set thy words in order before me, stand forth.
- Behold, I am toward God even as thou art;
I also am formed out of the clay.
- Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my pressure 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 innocent, neither is there iniquity in me;
- Behold, He findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for His enemy;
- He putteth my feet in the stocks, He marketh all my paths."
- Behold, I answer thee: In this thou art not right, that God is too great for man;
- Why hast thou striven against Him?
seeing that He will not answer any of his words.
- For God speaketh in one way, yea in two, though 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 the ears of men, and by their chastisement sealeth the decree,
- That men may put away their purpose, and that He may hide pride from man;
- That He may keep back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
- He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and all his bones grow stiff;
- So that his life maketh him to abhor bread, and his soul dainty food.
- His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;
and his bones corrode to unsightliness.
- Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit, and his life to the destroyers.
- If there be for him an angel, an intercessor, one among a thousand, to vouch for a man"s uprightness;
- Then He is gracious unto him, and saith: "Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom."
- His flesh is tenderer than a child"s;
he returneth to the days of his youth;
- He prayeth unto God, and He is favourable unto him;
so that he seeth His face with joy;
and He restoreth unto man his righteousness.
- He cometh before men, and saith: "I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not."
- So He redeemeth his soul from going into the pit, and his life beholdeth the light.
- Lo, all these things doth God work, twice, yea thrice, with a man,
- To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
- Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me;
hold thy peace, and I will speak.
- If thou hast any thing to say, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify thee.
- If not, hearken thou unto me;
hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.