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Job 33

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Elihu offers himself instead of God to reason with Job.

33:1 “However, Job, please hear my speech,
and listen to all my words.

33:2 See now, I have opened my mouth.
My tongue has spoken in my mouth.

33:3 My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart.
That which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.

33:4 The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

33:5 If you can, answer me.
Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.

33:6 Behold, I am toward God even as you are.
I am also formed out of the clay.

33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid,
neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.

He excuses God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.

33:8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
I have heard the voice of your words, saying,

33:9 ‘I am clean, without disobedience.
I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.

33:10 Behold, he finds occasions against me.
He counts me for his enemy.

33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks.
He marks all my paths.’

33:12 “Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just,
for God is greater than man.

33:13 Why do you strive against him,
because he doesn’t give account of any of his matters?

God calls man to repentance by visions, by afflictions, and by his ministry.

33:14 For God speaks once,
yes twice, though man pays no attention.

33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
in slumbering on the bed;

33:16 Then he opens the ears of men,
and seals their instruction,

33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose,
and hide pride from man.

33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit,
and his life from perishing by the sword.

33:19 He is chastened also with pain on his bed,
with continual strife in his bones;

33:20 So that his life abhors bread,
and his soul dainty food.

33:21 His flesh is so consumed away, that it can’t be seen.
His bones that were not seen stick out.

33:22 Yes, his soul draws near to the pit,
and his life to the destroyers.

33:23 “If there is beside him an angel,
an interpreter, one among a thousand,
to show to man what is right for him;

33:24 then God is gracious to him, and says,

‘Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom.’

33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s.
He returns to the days of his youth.

33:26 He prays to God, and he is favorable to him,
so that he sees his face with joy.
He restores to man his righteousness.

33:27 He sings before men, and says,

‘I have sinned, and perverted that which was right,
and it didn’t profit me.

33:28 He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit.
My life shall see the light.’

33:29 “Behold, God works all these things,
twice, yes three times, with a man,

33:30 to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

He incites Job to attention.

33:31 Mark well, Job, and listen to me.
Hold your peace, and I will speak.

33:32 If you have anything to say, answer me.
Speak, for I desire to justify you.

33:33 If not, listen to me.
Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”

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