33 “Now, Job, ·listen to [hear] my words. Pay attention to ·everything I say [L all my words]. 2 I open my mouth and ·am ready to speak [L the tongue in my mouth speaks]. 3 My words come from an ·honest [virtuous] heart, and ·I am sincere in saying what I know [L what my lips know they speak with sincerity]. 4 The Spirit of God ·created [has made] me, and the breath of ·the Almighty [Shaddai] gave me life. 5 Answer me if you can; get yourself ready and stand before me. 6 I am just like you before God; I too ·am made [was formed] out of clay. 7 ·Don’t be afraid of me [L Dread of me should not scare you]; ·I will not be hard on you [L My pressure will not be too heavy on you].
8 “But ·I heard what you have said [L you have spoken in my ear]; I heard ·every word [L the sound of your words]. 9 You said, ‘I am pure and without ·sin [transgression]; I am ·innocent [L clean] and free from guilt. 10 But God has found ·fault [reason to be upset] with me; he ·considers me [thinks I am] his enemy. 11 He ·locks [places] my feet in ·chains [shackles] and ·closely watches everywhere I go [L guards all my paths].’
12 “But I tell you, you are not ·right in saying this [L correct], I will answer you, for God is greater than ·we are [L any human being]. 13 Why do you ·accuse [contend with] God ·of not answering anyone [or for no one can answer all his words]? 14 God does speak—sometimes ·one way and sometimes another [or once and sometimes twice]— even though people may not ·understand [perceive] it. 15 He speaks in a dream or a vision of the night when people are in a deep sleep, lying on their beds in slumber. 16 He ·speaks in [L opens] their ears and frightens them with warnings 17 to turn them away from doing wrong and to keep them from being proud. 18 God does this to ·save people [L keep them] from ·death [L the Pit; C a reference to the grave and the underworld], to keep them from ·dying [L the water channel; C another reference to the grave and the underworld]. 19 People may be ·corrected [reprimanded; reproved] while in bed in great pain; they may have continual pain in their very bones. 20 ·They may be in such pain that they even hate [L Their lives loathe] food, even ·the very best meal [choice food]. 21 ·Their body becomes so thin [L Their flesh wastes away so that] ·there is almost nothing left of it [L it cannot be seen], and their bones that were hidden now stick out. 22 ·They are [L Their souls draw] near ·death [L the Pit; 33:18], and their life ·is almost over [L comes near those who bring death].
23 “·But there may be [L If there is] an angel to speak for him, one out of a thousand, ·who will tell him what to do [a mediator who declares a person virtuous]. 24 The angel will ·beg for mercy [or be gracious to him] and say: ‘·Save [Redeem] him from ·death [L going down to the Pit; 33:18]. I have found a ·way to pay for his life [ransom].’ 25 Then his body is made new like a ·child’s [youth’s]. It will return to the way it was when he was ·young [vigorous]. 26 That person will pray to God, and God will ·listen to [L accept] him. He will see God’s face and will shout with happiness. And ·God will set things right for him again [or he will repeat to others that he has been vindicated]. 27 Then he will ·say [L sing] to others, ‘I sinned and ·twisted what was right [perverted/sullied virtue], but I did not receive the punishment I should have received. 28 God ·bought [redeemed] my life ·back from death [L from crossing over to the Pit; 33:18], and ·I will continue to enjoy life [L my life will yet see the light].’
29 “God does all these things to a person two or even three times 30 ·so he won’t die as punishment for his sins [L to bring back his life from the Pit; 33:18] and so he may ·still enjoy life [L be illuminated with the light of life].
31 “Job, pay attention and listen to me; be quiet, and I will speak. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, because I want to ·prove you right [vindicate you]. 33 But if you have nothing to say, then listen to me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.”
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