Elihu Confronts Job1 But now, Job, pay attention to my speech,
and listen to all my words.
2 I am going to open my mouth;
my tongue will form words on my palate.
3 My words come from my upright a heart,
and my lips speak with sincerity what they know.
4 The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the ▼
▼God Almighty: The Hebrew word is El Shaddai; El = "God," but the meaning of Shaddai is disputed; traditionally it is translated "Almighty".Almighty c gives me life. d
5 Refute me if you can.
Prepare e your case against me; take your stand. f
6 I am just like you before God;
I was also pinched off from a piece of clay. g
7 Fear h of me should not terrify you;
the pressure I exert ▼
▼Lit you; my pressureagainst you will be light.
8 Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
and I have heard these very ▼
▼Lit heard a sound ofwords:
9 “I am pure, without transgression;
I am ▼
▼clean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.clean and have no ▼
▼guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.guilt. m
10 But He finds reasons to oppose me;
He regards me as His enemy. n
11 He puts my feet in the stocks;
He stands watch o over all my paths.”
12 But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter,
since God is greater than man. p
13 Why do you take q Him to court
for not answering anything a person asks? ▼
▼Lit court, for He does not answer all his words
14 For God speaks time and again,
but a person may not notice it.
15 In a dream, a vision s in the night,
when deep sleep falls on people t
as they slumber on their beds,
16 He uncovers their ears u at that time
and terrifies them ▼
▼LXX; MT reads and sealswith warnings,
17 in order to turn a person from his actions
and suppress his pride. ▼
▼Lit and cover pride within a man
18 God spares his soul from the ▼
▼Pit: Either the grave or the realm of the deadPit y
his life from crossing the river of death. ▼
▼Or from perishing by the sword
19 A person may be disciplined on his bed aa with pain
and constant distress in his bones ab
20 so that he detests bread,
and his soul despises his favorite food. ac
21 His flesh wastes away to nothing ▼
▼Lit away from sight
and his unseen bones stick out.
22 He draws near to the Pit,
and his life to the executioners.
23 If there is an angel ae on his side,
one mediator out of a thousand,
to tell a person what is right for him ▼
▼Or to vouch for a person’s uprightness
24 and to be gracious to him and say,
“Spare him from going down to the Pit;
I have found a ransom,” ag
25 then his flesh will be healthier ▼
▼Hb obscurethan in his youth,
and he will return to the days of his youthful vigor. ai
26 He will pray to God, and God will delight in him.
That man will see His face aj with a shout of joy,
and God will restore his righteousness to him. ak
27 He will look at men and say,
“I have sinned and perverted what was right;
yet I did not get what I deserved. ▼
▼Lit and the same was not to me
28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit,
and I will continue to see the light.”
29 God certainly does all these things
two or three times to a man
30 in order to turn him back from the Pit,
so he may shine with the light of life. am
31 Pay attention, Job, and listen to me.
Be quiet, and I will speak.
32 But if you have something to say ▼
▼Lit If there are wordsanswer me;
speak, for I would like to justify you.
33 If not, then listen to me;
be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
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