Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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:

Darby Translation

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

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 do you take Him to court
for not answering anything a person asks?
14 For God speaks time and again,
but a person may not notice it.
15 In a dream, a vision in the night,
when deep sleep falls on people
as they slumber on their beds,

Cross References

Psalm 62:11

God has spoken once;
I have heard this twice:
strength belongs to God,

Job 40:5

I have spoken once, and I will not reply;
twice, but now I can add nothing.

2 Chronicles 33:10

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they didn’t listen.

Proverbs 1:24

Since I called out and you refused,
extended my hand and no one paid attention,

Proverbs 1:29

Because they hated knowledge,
didn’t choose to fear the Lord,

Isaiah 6:9

And He replied:Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;
keep looking, but do not perceive.

Mark 8:17-18

Aware of this, He said to them, “Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread? Don’t you understand or comprehend? Is your heart hardened?

Luke 24:25

He said to them, “How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken!

John 3:19

“This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.

Job 33:29

God certainly does all these things
two or three times to a man

Matthew 13:14

Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:You will listen and listen,
yet never understand;
and you will look and look,
yet never perceive.

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