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Eliu blames Job for asserting his own innocence.

[1] Hear therefore, O Job, my speeches, and hearken to all my words. [2] Behold now I have opened my mouth, let my tongue speak within my jaws. [3] My words are from my upright heart, and my lips shall speak a pure sentence. [4] The spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me life. [5] If thou canst, answer me, and stand up against my face.

[6] Behold God hath made me as well as thee, and of the same clay I also was formed. [7] But yet let not my wonder terrify thee, and let not my eloquence be burdensome to thee. [8] Now thou has said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words: [9] I am clean, and without sin: I am unspotted, and there is no iniquity in me. [10] Because he hath found complaints against me, therefore he hath counted me for his enemy.

[11] He hath put my feet in the stocks, he hath observed all my paths. [12] Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. [13] Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words? [14] God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the second time. [15] By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and they are sleeping in their beds:

[16] Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them in what they are to learn. [17] That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may deliver him from pride. [18] Rescuing his soul from corruption: and his life from passing to the sword. [19] He rebuketh also by sorrow in the bed, and he maketh all his bones to wither. [20] Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired.

[21] His flesh shall be consumed away, and his bones that were covered shall be made bare. [22] His soul hath drawn near to corruption, and his life to the destroyers. [23] If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among thousands, to declare man's uprightness, [24] He shall have mercy on him, and shall say: Deliver him, that he may not go down to corruption: I have found wherein I may be merciful to him. [25] His flesh is consumed with punishment, let him return to the days of his youth.

[26] He shall pray to God, and he will be gracious to him: and he shall see his face with joy, and he will render to man his justice. [27] He shall look upon men, and shall say: I have sinned, and indeed I have offended, and I have not received what I have deserved. [28] He hath delivered his soul from going into destruction, that it may live and see the light. [29] Behold, all these things God worketh three times within every one. [30] That he may withdraw their souls from corruption, and enlighten them with the light of the living.

[31] Attend, Job, and hearken to me: and hold thy peace, whilst I speak. [32] But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak: for I would have thee to appear just. [33] And if thou have not, hear me: hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.

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