Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear3 my speeches, and hearken54 to all my words.
Behold, now I have opened1 my mouth, my tongue hath spoken14 in my mouth.
My words [shall be of] the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter14 knowledge clearly.7
The Spirit of God hath made1 me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.17
If thou canst4 answer53 me, set [thy words] in order3 before me, stand up.100
Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed27 out of the clay.
Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid,17 neither shall my hand be heavy4 upon thee.
Surely thou hast spoken1 in mine hearing, and I have heard4 the voice of [thy] words, [saying],
I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
Behold, he findeth4 occasions against me, he counteth4 me for his enemy,6
He putteth4 my feet in the stocks, he marketh4 all my paths.
Behold, [in] this thou art not just:1 I will answer4 thee, that God is greater4 than man.
Why dost thou strive1 against him? for he giveth not account4 of any of his matters.
For God speaketh17 once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth4 it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth2 upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he openeth4 the ears of men, and sealeth4 their instruction,
That he may withdraw53 man [from his] purpose, and hide17 pride from man.
He keepeth back4 his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing2 by the sword.
He is chastened90 also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude 7379 of his bones with strong [pain]:
So that his life abhorreth14 bread, and his soul dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed away,4 that it cannot be seen; and his bones [that] were not seen27 stick out.27 8205
Yea, his soul draweth near4 unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.56
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter,56 one among a thousand, to shew53 unto man his uprightness:
Then he is gracious4 unto him, and saith,4 Deliver3 him from going down2 to the pit: I have found1 a ransom.
His flesh shall be fresher1 than a child's: he shall return4 to the days of his youth:
He shall pray4 unto God, and he will be favourable4 unto him: and he shall see4 his face with joy: for he will render55 unto man his righteousness.
He looketh4 upon men, and [if any] say,4 I have sinned,1 and perverted52 [that which was] right, and it profited1 me not;
He will deliver1 his soul from going2 into the pit, and his life shall see4 the light.
Lo, all these [things] worketh4 God oftentimes 7969 with man,
To bring back53 his soul from the pit, to be enlightened9 with the light of the living.
Mark well,54 O Job, hearken3 unto me: hold thy peace,54 and I will speak.17
If thou hast any thing to say, answer54 me: speak,16 for I desire1 to justify15 thee.
If not, hearken3 unto me: hold thy peace,54 and I shall teach17 thee wisdom.