Job 33

1 Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job. 8 He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness. 14 God calleth man to repentance by visions, 19 by afflictions, 23 and by his ministry. 31 He inclineth Job to attention.

1Therefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words. 2Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
in my mouth: Heb. in my palate
3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. 4The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 5If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, take thy stand. 6Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
wish: Heb. mouth
formed: Heb. cut
7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

8Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
hearing: Heb. ears
9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. 10Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, 11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. 12Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. 13Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
he giveth...: Heb. he answereth not

14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet manperceiveth it not. 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
he...: Heb. he revealeth, or, uncovereth
17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
purpose: Heb. work
18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
from perishing: Heb. from passing

19He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain : 20So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food.
dainty...: Heb. meat of desire
21His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 22Yea, his soul draweth near to the grave, and his life to the destroyers. 23If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness: 24Then he is gracious to him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
a ransom: or, an atonement
25His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:
a child’s: Heb. childhood
26He shall pray to God, and he will be favourable to him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render to man his righteousness. 27He looketh upon men, and if any shall say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
He...: or, He shall look upon men, and say
28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
He...: or, He hath delivered my soul, etc, and my life

29Lo, all these thingsGod often worketh with man,
oftentimes: Heb. twice and thrice
30To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. 31Mark well, O Job, hearken to me: hold thy peace, and I will speak. 32If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. 33If not, hearken to me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
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