12 let’s swallow(A) them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;(B)

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18 to preserve them from the pit,(A)
    their lives from perishing by the sword.[a](B)

19 “Or someone may be chastened(C) on a bed of pain(D)
    with constant distress in their bones,(E)
20 so that their body finds food(F) repulsive
    and their soul loathes the choicest meal.(G)
21 Their flesh wastes away to nothing,
    and their bones,(H) once hidden, now stick out.(I)
22 They draw near to the pit,(J)
    and their life to the messengers of death.[b](K)
23 Yet if there is an angel at their side,
    a messenger,(L) one out of a thousand,
    sent to tell them how to be upright,(M)
24 and he is gracious to that person and says to God,
    ‘Spare them from going down to the pit;(N)
    I have found a ransom for them(O)

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  1. Job 33:18 Or from crossing the river
  2. Job 33:22 Or to the place of the dead

Answer me quickly,(A) Lord;
    my spirit fails.(B)
Do not hide your face(C) from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

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