1: "However, Job, please hear my speech, and listen to all my words.
2: See now, I have opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken in my mouth.
3: My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart. That which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
4: The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5: If you can, answer me. Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.
6: Behold, I am toward God even as you are. I am also formed out of the clay.
7: Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.
8: "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
9: 'I am clean, without disobedience. I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.
10: Behold, he finds occasions against me. He counts me for his enemy.
11: He puts my feet in the stocks. He marks all my paths.'
12: "Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.
13: Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?
14: For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.
15: In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed;
16: Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
17: That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18: He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19: He is chastened also with pain on his bed, with continual strife in his bones;
20: So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.
21: His flesh is so consumed away, that it can't be seen. His bones that were not seen stick out.
22: Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.
23: "If there is beside him an angel, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him;
24: then God is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'
25: His flesh shall be fresher than a child's. He returns to the days of his youth.
26: He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, so that he sees his face with joy. He restores to man his righteousness.
27: He sings before men, and says, 'I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it didn't profit me.
28: He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit. My life shall see the light.'
29: "Behold, God works all these things, twice, yes three times, with a man,
30: to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
31: Mark well, Job, and listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will speak.
32: If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33: If not, listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."