1 Wherefore, Iob, I pray thee, heare my talke and hearken vnto all my wordes.
2 Beholde now, I haue opened my mouth: my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
3 My words are in the vprightnesse of mine heart, & my lippes shall speake pure knowledge.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5 If thou canst giue me answere, prepare thy selfe and stand before me.
6 Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Doubtles thou hast spoken in mine eares, and I haue heard the voyce of thy wordes.
9 I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
10 Lo, he hath found occasions against me, and counted me for his enemie.
11 He hath put my feete in the stockes, and looketh narrowly vnto all my paths.
12 Behold, in this hast thou not done right: I will answere thee, that God is greater then man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet 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;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 And keepe backe his soule from the pit, & that his life should not passe by the sword.
19 He is also striken with sorow vpon his bed, and the griefe of his bones is sore,
20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh faileth that it can not be seene, and his bones which were not seene, clatter.
22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
27 He looketh upon men, and [if any] say, I have sinned, and perverted [that which was] right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these [things] worketh God oftentimes with man,
30 That he may turne backe his soule from the pit, to be illuminate in the light of the liuing.
31 Marke well, O Iob, and heare me: keepe silence, and I will speake.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33 If thou hast not, heare me: holde thy tongue, and I will teach thee wisedome.