1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
1 But now, Job, pay attention to my speech,and listen to all my words.
1 "Now please listen to what I have to say, Job. Listen to every word!
1 “However, Job, please listen to my words,And pay attention to everything I say.
2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
2 I am going to open my mouth;my tongue will form words on my palate.
2 Look! I've begun to speak, and I'm fashioning my words.
2 “Behold, I have opened my mouth [to begin my speech];My tongue in my mouth is going to speak.
3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
3 I speak from the innocence of my heart; and my lips will utter what I sincerely know.
3 “My words will express the uprightness of my heart,And my lips will speak what they know with utter sincerity.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
4 "The spirit of God fashioned me; and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
5 Answer me, if you can! Present your case! Take your stand in my presence!
5 “Answer me, if you can;Set yourselves before me, take your stand.
6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
6 Look! As far as God is concerned, I'm just like you are I, too, have been pinched off from a piece of clay.
6 “Behold, I belong to God like you;I too was formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
7 Don't be afraid of me; I'll go easy on you."
7 “Behold, I will not make you afraid or terrified of me [for I am only mortal and not God],Nor should any pressure from me weigh heavily upon you.
8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,And I have heard the sound of your words:
8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
8 "You spoke clearly so I could hear; I've heard what you've said:
8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,And I have heard the sound of your words, saying:
9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
9 "I'm pure. I'm without sin; I'm innocent. I'm harboring no iniquity inside of me.
9 ‘I am pure, without transgression;I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.
10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
10 Nevertheless, God has found a pretext to attack me; he considers me his enemy.
10 ‘Behold, God finds pretexts against me;He counts me as His enemy.
11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
11 He has bound my feet in shackles, and keeps watching everything I do.'"
11 ‘He puts my feet in the stocks [to hinder and humiliate me];He [suspiciously] watches all my paths,’ [you say].
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
12 "You aren't right about this; My response is that God is greater than human beings.
12 “Look, let me answer you, in this you are not right or just;For God is greater and far superior to man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
13 Why are you arguing with him? He doesn't have to give explanations for what he does to you!
13 “Why do you complain against Him?That He does not answer [you with] all His doings.
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
14 For God speaks time and again,but a person may not notice it.
14 "God speaks time and time again but nobody notices
14 “For God speaks once,And even twice, yet no one notices it [including you, Job].
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
15 in a dream or night vision, when a deep sleep falls on mankind while they sleep on their beds.
15 “In a dream, a vision of the night [one may hear God’s voice],When deep sleep falls on menWhile slumbering upon the bed,
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
16 That's when he opens the ear of mankind, authenticating his messages to them,
16 Then He opens the ears of menAnd seals their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
17 turning a person from his actions, keeping him from pride,
17 That He may turn man aside from his conduct,And keep him from pride;
18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
18 sparing his soul from the Pit and his life from violent death.
18 He holds back his soul from the pit [of destruction],And his life from passing over into Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
19 "He is being reproved by painful bed rest, with continual aching in his bones.
19 “Man is also disciplined with pain on his bed,And with unceasing complaint in his bones,
20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
20 He cannot stand his food, and he has no desire for appetizing food.
20 So that his life makes him loathe food,And his soul [loathe] even his favorite dishes.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
21 His flesh wastes away; his bones, which once couldn't be seen, are visible.
21 “His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen,And his bones which were not seen now stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
22 He draws near to the Pit,and his life to the executioners.
22 His soul is getting close to the Pit; his life is approaching its executioner."
22 “Then his soul draws near to the pit [of destruction],And his life to those who bring death (the destroyers).
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
23 "If there's a messenger appointed to mediate for Job one out of a thousand to represent the man's integrity on his behalf,
23 “If there is an angel as a mediator for him,One out of a thousand,To explain to a man what is right for him [that is, how to be in right standing with God],
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
24 to show favor to him and to plead, "Deliver him from having to go down to the Pit I know where his ransom is!'
25 Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
25 Let his flesh be rejuvenated as he was in his youth! Let him recover the strength of his youth.
25 “Let his flesh be restored and become fresher than in youth;Let him return to the days of his youthful strength.
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
26 Let him pray to God and he will accept him; he will appear before him with joyful shouts!"
26 “He will pray to God, and He shall be favorable to him,So that he looks at His face with joy;For God restores to man His righteousness [that is, his right standing with God—with its joys].
27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
27 "He'll sing to mankind with these words: "I've sinned. I have twisted what is right. Yet he has not repaid me like I deserve.
27 “He sings out to other men,‘I have sinned and perverted that which was right,And it was not proper for me!
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit,and I will continue to see the light.”
28 He has redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit; my life will see the light.'
28 ‘God has redeemed my life from going to the pit [of destruction],And my life shall see the light.’”
29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
29 God certainly does all these thingstwo or three times to a man
29 Indeed God does all these things again and again with a person
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
30 to bring back his soul from the Pit; to light him with the light of life."
30 To bring his life back from the pit [of destruction],That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
31 “Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;Keep silent, and let me speak.
31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
31 Pay attention, Job, and listen to me.Be quiet, and I will speak.
31 "Job, pay attention! Listen to me! Be silent and let me speak.
31 “Pay attention, Job, listen to me;Keep silent, and I will speak.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, because I'd be happy to vindicate you.
32 “If you have anything to say, answer me;Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
33 If not, then listen to me;be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
33 But if you have nothing to say, then at least listen to me! Be quiet and learn some wisdom from me."
33 “If not [and you have nothing to say], listen to me;Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
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