Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

“Indeed God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.

King James Version

For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

Holman Bible

For God speaks time and again,
but a person may not notice it.

International Standard Version

"God speaks time and time again but nobody notices

A Conservative Version

For God speaks once, yea twice, [though man] does not regard it.

American Standard Version

For God speaketh once, Yea twice, though man regardeth it not.


“For God speaks once,
And even twice, yet no one notices it [including you, Job].

Bible in Basic English

For God gives his word in one way, even in two, and man is not conscious of it:

Darby Translation

For God speaketh once, and twice, and man perceiveth it not --

Julia Smith Translation

For God will speak at once, and at a second time, and he shall not regard it.

King James 2000

For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Indeed, God speaks in one [way], even in two, [yet] [someone] does not perceive it.

Modern King James verseion

For God speaks once, yea, twice, but not one takes notice.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For when God doth once command a thing, there should no man be curious to search whether it be right.

NET Bible

"For God speaks, the first time in one way, the second time in another, though a person does not perceive it.

New Heart English Bible

For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.

The Emphasized Bible

For, in one way, GOD may speak, - and, in a second way, one may not heed it: -


For God speaketh once, yes twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

World English Bible

For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.

Youngs Literal Translation

For once doth God speak, and twice, (He doth not behold it.)


Root Form
Usage: 114

Usage: 1142

Usage: 432

שׁתּים שׁנים 
Usage: 767

Usage: 17




Context Readings

Elihu Rebukes Job

13 “Why do you complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?
14 “Indeed God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
15 “In a dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,

Cross References

Psalm 62:11

Once God has spoken;
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God;

Job 40:5

“Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;
Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”

2 Chronicles 33:10

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.

Proverbs 1:24

“Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

Proverbs 1:29

Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 6:9

He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.’

Mark 8:17-18

And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart?

Luke 24:25

And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

John 3:19

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

Job 33:29

“Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,

Matthew 13:14

In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;

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