Job 33

Elihu Claims to Speak for God

1However now, Job, please a  hear my speech,
And listen to all my words.
2Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue in my
Lit palate
mouth speaks.
3My words are from the uprightness of my heart,
And my lips speak c  knowledge sincerely.
4“The d  Spirit of God has made me,
And the e  breath of
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty gives me life.
5 g  Refute me if you can;
Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
6Behold, I belong to God like you;
I too have been
Lit cut out of
formed out of the i  clay.
7Behold j  no fear of me should terrify you,
Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

8Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words:
9‘I am k  pure l  without transgression;
I am innocent and there m  is no guilt in me.
10Behold, He
Lit finds
invents pretexts against me;
He o  counts me as His enemy.
11‘He p  puts my feet in the stocks;
He watches all my paths.’
12Behold, let me
Lit answer
tell you, r  you are not right in this,
For God is greater than man.

13Why do you s  complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?
14Indeed t  God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
15“In a u  dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
16Then v  He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
17That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
And
Lit hide
keep man from pride;
18He x  keeps back his soul from the pit,
And his life from
M.T. perishing by the sword
passing over z  into Sheol.

19
Lit He
Man is also chastened with ab  pain on his bed,
And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
20So that his life ac  loathes bread,
And his soul favorite food.
21“His ad  flesh wastes away from sight,
And his ae  bones which were not seen stick out.
22“Then af  his soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those who bring death.

23If there is an angel as ag  mediator for him,
One out of a thousand,
To remind a man what is
Lit his uprightness
right for him,
24Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
Deliver him from ai  going down to the pit,
I have found a aj  ransom’;
25Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
26Then he will ak  pray to God, and He will accept him,
That al  he may see His face with joy,
And He may restore His righteousness to man.
27He will sing to men and say,
‘I am  have sinned and perverted what is right,
And it is not an  proper for me.
28He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit,
And my life shall ao  see the light.’

29Behold, God does ap  all these
Lit twice, three times
oftentimes with men,
30To ar  bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
31Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
Keep silent, and let me speak.
32Then if
Lit there are words
you have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33If not, at  listen to me;
Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”

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