Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all
2Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in
3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and
my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
4The Spirit of God hath made me,
and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5If thou canst answer
me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the
7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my
hand be heavy upon thee.
8Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I
have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
9I am clean
without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there
iniquity in me.
10Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me
for his enemy,
11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my
12Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee,
that God is greater than man.
13Why dost thou strive against him? for he
giveth not account of any of his matters.
14For God speaketh once, yea
twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15In a dream, in a vision of
the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from
18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing
by the sword.
19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the
multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20So that his life
abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21His flesh is consumed away,
that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the
23If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among
a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24Then he is gracious unto
him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a
25His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to
the days of his youth:
26He shall pray unto God, and he will be
favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render
unto man his righteousness.
27He looketh upon men, and if any
say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it
profited me not;
28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and
his life shall see the light.
29Lo, all these things worketh God
oftentimes with man,
30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be
enlightened with the light of the living.
31Mark well, O Job, hearken
unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
32If thou hast any thing to
say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33If not, hearken
unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.