1“Now, however, O Job, please hear my words,
And to all my speaking do give ear.
2Look, please! I have to open my mouth;
My tongue with my palate has to speak.
3My sayings are the uprightness of my heart,
And knowledge is what my lips do utter sincerely.
4God’s own spirit made me,
And the Almighty’s own breath proceeded to bring me to life.
5If you are able, make reply to me,
Array [words] before me; do take your station.
6Look! I am to the [true] God just what you are;
From the clay I was shaped, I too.
7Look! No frightfulness in me will terrify you,
And no pressure by me will be heavy upon you.
10Look! Occasions for opposition to me he finds,
He takes me for an enemy of his.
11He puts my feet in the stocks,
He watches all my paths.’
12Look! In this you have not been in the right, I answer you;
For God is much more than mortal man.
13Why is it against him that you contended,
Because all your words he does not answer?
18He keeps his soul back from the pit
And his life from passing away by a missile.
19And he is actually reproved with pain upon his bed,
And the quarreling of his bones is continual.
20And his life certainly makes bread loathsome,
And his own soul desirable food.
21His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones that were not seen certainly grow bare.
22And his soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those inflicting death.
25Let his flesh become fresher than in youth;
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.’
26He will make entreaty to God that he may take pleasure in him,
And he will see his face with joyful shouting,
And He will restore His righteousness to mortal man.
27He will sing to men and say,
‘I have sinned; and what is upright I have perverted,
And it certainly was not the proper thing for me.
28He has redeemed my soul from passing into the pit,
And my life itself will see the light.’
31Pay attention, O Job! Listen to me!
Keep silent, and I myself shall continue speaking.
32If there are any words [to say], make reply to me;
Speak, for I have taken delight in your righteousness.
33If there are none, you yourself listen to me;
Keep silent, and I shall teach you wisdom.”