- ¶ WHEREFORE, hear my speech, O Job, and hearken to all my sayings.
- Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaks in my mouth.
- The words of my mouth are upright, and the utterances of my lips are pure.
- The Spirit of God has stirred me up, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.
- If you can answer me, then prepare yourself and stand up before me.
- For I am also like you before God;
I also am formed out of clay.
- Therefore my admonishings will not make you to tremble, neither will my rebuke be heavy upon you.
- ¶ Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
- I am blameless without transgressions, I am righteous;
and there is no iniquity in me, and I am far removed from wickedness.
- Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counts me as his enemy.
- He puts my feet in the stocks, he watches all my paths.
- Behold, in this you cannot justify yourself;
I will answer you, that God is greater than man.
- Why do you strive with him, seeing that he does not give an account of any of his matters?
- ¶ For God speaks once;
he does not speak a second time;
- In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering upon the bed;
- Then he opens the ears of men, and humbles them according to their rebelliousness.
- That he may cause man to depart from his evil-doings, and remove pride from him;
- He spares his soul from corruption, and his life from perdition.
- ¶ Man is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain;
- So that his flesh fails because of his fear, and his soul is not satisfied with bread, and covets food.
- His flesh is wasted away because of his fear, so that a greater part of his bones can he seen.
- Yea, his soul draws near to corruption, and his life to death.
- If a man have an angel to whom one would listen once in a thousand times, the angel would show him the way of uprightness
- And be gracious to him and say, Deliver this man lest he go down to corruption;
he has found salvation;
- Then his flesh will change to that of his childhood;
and he shall return to the days of his youth;
- And he shall pray to God, and he will hear him and be pleased with him, and God shall appear before him with glory;
for he will render to men his righteousness.
- Then the uprightness will bear witness concerning the man;
and he shall say, I have truly sinned and I am at fault;
and it profiteth me not;
- Deliver my soul from perdition, and my life shall see the light.
- ¶ Lo, all these things God does three times with a man,
- To bring back his soul from corruption, to see the light of the living.
- Incline your ear, O Job, hearken to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
- If you have anything to say, answer me;
for I desire that you may be justified.
- But if you will not listen, then be silent, and I shall teach you wisdom.