1 “Listen to my words, Job;
pay attention to what I have to say.
let me continue.
I speak the truth.
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
make your case and take your stand.
I, too, was formed from clay.
I won’t come down hard on you.
and I have heard your very words.
I am innocent; I have no guilt.
and he considers me his enemy.
and watches my every move.’
For God is greater than any human being.
Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints?
though people do not recognize it.
when deep sleep falls on people
as they lie in their beds.
and terrifies them with warnings.
he keeps them from pride.
from crossing over the river of death.
with ceaseless aching in their bones.
for even the most delicious food.
and their bones stick out.
the angels of death wait for them.
a special messenger to intercede for a person
and declare that he is upright—
‘Rescue him from the grave,
for I have found a ransom for his life.’
firm and youthful again.
he will be accepted.
And God will receive him with joy
and restore him to good standing.
‘I sinned and twisted the truth,
but it was not worth it.*
and now my life is filled with light.’
again and again for people.
so they may enjoy the light of life.
for I have more to say.
Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified.
Keep silent and I will teach you wisdom!”