Job 33:1-33 NIV

Job 33:1-33 NIV [1] "But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say. [2] I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue. [3] My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. [4] The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. [5] Answer me then, if you can; stand up and argue your case before me. [6] I am the same as you in God's sight; I too am a piece of clay. [7] No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy on you. [8] "But you have said in my hearing-I heard the very words- [9] 'I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin. [10] Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy. [11] He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.' [12] "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal. [13] Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one's words? [14] For God does speak-now one way, now another-though no one perceives it. [15] In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, [16] he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, [17] to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, [18] to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword. [19] "Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones, [20] so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal. [21] Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out. [22] They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death. [23] Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright, [24] and he is gracious to that person and says to God, 'Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them- [25] let their flesh be renewed like a child's; let them be restored as in the days of their youth'- [26] then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God's face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being. [27] And they will go to others and say, 'I have sinned, I have perverted what is right, but I did not get what I deserved. [28] God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.' [29] "God does all these things to a person-twice, even three times- [30] to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them. [31] "Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. [32] If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you. [33] But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."

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