Parallel Verses

King James 2000

For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives 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:

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.

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 strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters. 14 For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

Cross References

Psalm 62:11

God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.

Job 40:5

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

2 Chronicles 33:10

And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.

Proverbs 1:24

Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

Proverbs 1:29

Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Isaiah 6:9

And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.

Mark 8:17-18

And when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why reason you, because you have no bread? perceive you not yet, neither understand? have you your heart yet hardened?

Luke 24:25

Then he said unto them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

John 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Job 33:29

Lo, all these things works God twice, three times, with man,

Matthew 13:14

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:

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