"But please, Job, hear my speech,
And listen to all my words.
Now, I open my mouth;
My tongue speaks in my mouth.
My words come from my upright heart;
My lips utter pure knowledge.
a The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
If you can answer me,
Set your words in order before me;
Take your stand.
b Truly I am as your spokesman before God;
I also have been formed out of clay.
c Surely no fear of me will terrify you,
Nor will my hand be heavy on you.
"Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,
'I d am pure, without transgression;
I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.
Yet He finds occasions against me,
e He counts me as His enemy;
f He puts my feet in the stocks,
He watches all my paths.'
"Look, in this you are not righteous.
I will answer you,
For God is greater than man.
Why do you g contend with Him?
For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.
h For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
i In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
j Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword.
" Man is also chastened with pain on his k bed,
And with strong pain in many of his bones,
l So that his life abhors m bread,
And his soul succulent food.
His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones stick out which once were not seen.
Yes, his soul draws near the Pit,
And his life to the executioners.
"If there is a messenger for him,
A mediator, one among a thousand,
To show man His uprightness,
Then He is gracious to him, and says,
'Deliver him from going down to the Pit;
I have found a ransom';
His flesh shall be young like a child's,
He shall return to the days of his youth.
He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,
He shall see His face with joy,
For He restores to man His righteousness.
Then he looks at men and n says,
'I have sinned, and perverted what was right,
And it o did not profit me.'
He will p redeem his soul from going down to the Pit,
And his life shall see the light.
"Behold, God works all these things,
Twice, in fact, three times with a man,
q To bring back his soul from the Pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
"Give ear, Job, listen to me;
Hold your peace, and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, r listen to me;
Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before a moth?
Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
Although You know that I am not wicked, And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?
Why do You hide Your face, And regard me as Your enemy?
He tears me in His wrath, and hates me; He gnashes at me with His teeth; My adversary sharpens His gaze on me.
You put my feet in the stocks, And watch closely all my paths. You set a limit for the soles of my feet.
He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.
"Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it."
Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, 'What are you making?' Or shall your handiwork say, 'He has no hands'?
Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man.
Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.
God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.
He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression.
My bones are pierced in me at night, And my gnawing pains take no rest.
Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water.
My soul refuses to touch them; They are as loathsome food to me.
2 Samuel 12:13
So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.