Parallel Verses

Darby Translation

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

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 [does reveal His will; He] speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard 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:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Nevertheless, in one or two manners God speaks to the one who does not see.

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 dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. 14 For God speaketh once, and twice, and man perceiveth it not -- 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

Cross References

Psalm 62:11

Once hath God spoken, twice have I heard this, that strength belongeth unto God.

Job 40:5

Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; yea twice, but I will proceed no further.

2 Chronicles 33:10

And Jehovah spoke to Manasseh and to his people; but they did not hearken.

Proverbs 1:24

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one regarded;

Proverbs 1:29

Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Jehovah;

Isaiah 6:9

And he said, Go; and thou shalt say unto this people, Hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see and shall not perceive.

Mark 8:17-18

And Jesus knowing it, says to them, Why reason ye because ye have no bread? Do ye not yet perceive nor understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened?

Luke 24:25

And he said to them, O senseless and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

John 3:19

And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light; for their works were evil.

Job 33:29

Lo, all these things worketh God twice, thrice, with man,

Matthew 13:14

and in them is filled up the prophecy of Esaias, which says, Hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand, and beholding ye shall behold and not see;

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