And hearken to all my words.
2 aBehold, now I have opened my mouth,
My tongue hath spoken †in my mouth.
3 bMy words shall be of the uprightness of my heart:
And my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
And cthe breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5 If thou canst danswer me,
Set ethy words in order before me, stand up.
6 Behold, I am †according to thy wish in God’s stead:
7 Behold, gmy terror shall not make thee afraid,
Neither shall hmy hand be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken †in mine hearing,
And I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
10 Behold, he findeth koccasions against me,
lHe counteth me for his enemy,
11 mHe putteth my feet in the stocks,
That God is greater than man.
13 Why dost thou ostrive against him?
For †he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Yea twice, yet man pperceiveth it not.
rWhen deep sleep falleth upon men,
In slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then †he openeth the ears of men,
And ssealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his †purpose,
And hide tpride from man.
And the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that whis life abhorreth bread,
And his soul †dainty meat.
And his bones that were not seen xstick out.
22 Yea, his ysoul draweth near unto the grave,
And his ylife to the destroyers.
To shew unto man dhis uprightness:
Deliver him from going down to the pit:
He fshall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall gpray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him:
For he will render unto man his righteousness.
And it profited me not;
And his life oshall see the light.
†Oftentimes with man,
30 pTo bring back his soul from the pit,
To be enlightened qwith the light of the living.
Hold thy peace, and I will speak.
32 If thou hast any thing to say, ranswer me:
sSpeak, for I desire to justify thee.
Hold thy peace, and I shall tteach thee wisdom.
About King James Version
This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.