Job 33

1Wherefore, Iob, I pray thee, heare my talke and hearken vnto all my wordes.

2Beholde now, I haue opened my mouth: my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

3My words are in the vprightnesse of mine heart, and my lippes shall speake pure knowledge.

4The Spirite of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almightie hath giuen me life.

5If thou canst giue me answere, prepare thy selfe and stand before me.

6Beholde, I am according to thy wish in Gods stead: I am also formed of the clay.

7Beholde, my terrour shall not feare thee, neither shall mine hand be heauie vpon thee.

8Doubtles thou hast spoken in mine eares, and I haue heard the voyce of thy wordes.

9I am cleane, without sinne: I am innocent, and there is none iniquitie in me.

10Lo, he hath found occasions against me, and counted me for his enemie.

11He hath put my feete in the stockes, and looketh narrowly vnto all my paths.

12Behold, in this hast thou not done right: I will answere thee, that God is greater then man.

13Why doest thou striue against him? for he doeth not giue account of all his matters.

14For God speaketh once or twise, and one seeth it not.

15In dreames and visions of the night, when sleepe falleth vpon men, and they sleepe vpon their beds,

16Then he openeth the eares of men, euen by their corrections, which he had sealed,

17That he might cause man to turne away from his enterprise, and that he might hide the pride of man,

18And keepe backe his soule from the pit, and that his life should not passe by the sword.

19He is also striken with sorow vpon his bed, and the griefe of his bones is sore,

20So that his life causeth him to abhorre bread, and his soule daintie meate.

21His flesh faileth that it can not be seene, and his bones which were not seene, clatter.

22So his soule draweth to the graue, and his life to the buriers.

23If there be a messenger with him, or an interpreter, one of a thousand to declare vnto man his righteousnesse,

24Then will he haue mercie vpon him, and will say, Deliuer him, that he go not downe into the pit: for I haue receiued a reconciliation.

25Then shall his flesh be as fresh as a childes, and shall returne as in the dayes of his youth.

26He shall pray vnto God, and he will be fauourable vnto him, and he shall see his face with ioy: for he will render vnto man his righteousnes.

27He looketh vpon men, and if one say, I haue sinned, and peruerted righteousnesse, and it did not profite me,

28He will deliuer his soule from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

29Lo, all these things will God worke twise or thrise with a man,

30That he may turne backe his soule from the pit, to be illuminate in the light of the liuing.

31Marke well, O Iob, and heare me: keepe silence, and I will speake.

32If there be matter, answere me, and speak: for I desire to iustifie thee.

33If thou hast not, heare me: holde thy tongue, and I will teach thee wisedome.

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