Elihu Rebukes Job1 “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
and listen to all my words.
2Behold, I aopen my mouth;
the tongue in my mouth speaks.
3My words declare the uprightness of my heart,
and what my lips know they speak sincerely.
4 bThe Spirit of God has made me,
and cthe breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 dAnswer me, if you can;
eset your words in order before me; take your stand.
6Behold, I am toward God as you are;
I too was pinched off from a piece of fclay.
7Behold, no gfear of me need terrify you;
my hpressure will not be heavy upon you.
8 “Surely you have spoken in my ears,
and I have heard the sound of your words.
9You say, ‘I am ipure, without jtransgression;
I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me.
10Behold, he finds occasions against me,
he kcounts me as his enemy,
11he lputs my feet in the stocks
and mwatches all my paths.’
12 “Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you,
for God is greater than man.
13Why do you ncontend against him,
saying, ‘He owill answer none of man’s ▼
▼Hebrew hiswords’? ▼
▼Or He will not answer for any of his own words
14For God rspeaks in one way,
sand in two, though man tdoes not perceive it.
15In ua dream, in va vision of wthe night,
when xdeep sleep falls on men,
while they slumber on their beds,
16then he yopens the ears of men
and terrifies them with warnings,
17that he may turn man aside from his zdeed
and conceal pride from a man;
18he keeps back his soul from the pit,
his life from aaperishing by the sword.
19 “Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed
and with continual strife in his abbones,
20so that his aclife loathes bread,
and his appetite adthe choicest food.
21His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen,
and his bones that were not seen aestick out.
22His soul draws near afthe pit,
and his life to agthose who bring death.
23If there be for him ahan angel,
aia mediator ajone of the thousand,
to declare to man what is akright for him,
24and he is merciful to him, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down into the pit;
I have found ala ransom;
25let his flesh ambecome fresh with youth;
let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
26then man ▼
▼Hebrew heaoprays to God, and he accepts him;
he apsees his face with a shout of joy,
and he aqrestores to man his righteousness.
27He sings before men and says:
‘I arsinned and perverted what was right,
and it was not repaid to me.
28He has redeemed my assoul from going down atinto the pit,
and my life shall aulook upon the light.’
29 “Behold, God does all these things,
twice, avthree times, with a man,
30to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be lighted with awthe light of life.
31Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
32If you have any words axanswer me;
ayspeak, for I desire to justify you.
33If not, azlisten to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
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