Job 33

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1 “But now, hear my speech, O Job, and listen to all my words. 2 Behold, I open my mouth; the tongue in my mouth speaks. (Job 3:1) 3 My words declare the uprightness of my heart, and what my lips know they speak sincerely. 4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Ge 2:7; Job 27:3; Job 32:8; Eze 37:9; Ac 17:25) 5 Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand. (Job 13:18; Job 23:4; Job 33:32; Ps 5:3) 6 Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. (Job 4:19) 7 Behold, no fear of me need terrify you; my pressure will not be heavy upon you. (Job 9:34; Job 13:21; Job 23:2) 8 “Surely you have spoken in my ears, and I have heard the sound of your words. 9 You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me. (Job 9:21; Job 10:7; Job 11:4; Job 12:4; Job 13:18; Job 16:17; Job 23:10; Job 27:5; Job 29:14; Job 32:1; Job 34:5; Job 34:6) 10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, he counts me as his enemy, (Job 13:24) 11 he puts my feet in the stocks and watches all my paths.’ (Job 10:14; Job 13:27; Job 14:16; Job 31:4) 12 “Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. 13 Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s[1] words’?[2] (Job 9:12; Job 13:3; Job 16:21; Job 31:35; Job 40:2) 14 For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. (1Sa 3:4; 1Sa 3:6; Job 33:29; Job 40:5; Ps 62:11) 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, (Nu 12:6; Job 4:13; Ps 17:3) 16 then he opens the ears of men and terrifies[3] them with warnings, (Job 36:10; Job 36:15; Ps 40:6; Isa 50:5) 17 that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man; (Job 36:9) 18 he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword. (Job 36:12) 19 “Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed and with continual strife in his bones, (Job 30:17) 20 so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite the choicest food. (Ps 107:18; Pr 23:3) 21 His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen stick out. (Ps 22:17) 22 His soul draws near the pit, and his life to those who bring death. (2Sa 24:16; Job 33:24; Job 33:28; Ps 78:49) 23 If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him, (Ge 16:7; Ge 22:11; Ge 42:23; Ge 48:16; Ps 34:7; Pr 14:2; Ec 7:28; So 5:10; Isa 43:27; Isa 63:9; Eze 18:21; Mal 3:1) 24 and he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom; (Job 36:18; Ps 49:7) 25 let his flesh become fresh with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’; (2Ki 5:14; Heb 9:12) 26 then man[4] prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his righteousness. (2Sa 12:13; Job 22:27; Ps 17:15; Pr 28:13; Lu 15:21; 1Jo 1:9) 27 He sings before men and says: ‘I sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not repaid to me. (Ps 106:6; Ro 6:21) 28 He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.’ (Job 3:9; Job 33:22; Job 33:24; Isa 38:17) 29 “Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, (Job 33:14) 30 to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life. (Ps 56:13) 31 Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. 32 If you have any words, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you. (Job 33:5; Job 34:33) 33 If not, listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.” (Ps 34:11)