Job 33
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Elihu Rebukes Job

1“But now, O Job, hear my speech,

and listen to all my words.

2Behold, I will open my mouth;

my address is on the tip of my tongue.

3My words are from an upright heart,

and my lips speak sincerely what I know.

4The Spirit of God has made me,

and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

5Refute me if you can;

prepare your case and confront me.

6 I am just like you before God;

I was also formed from clay.

7Surely no fear of me should terrify you;

nor will my hand be heavy upon you.

8Surely you have spoken in my hearing,

and I have heard these very words:

9‘I am pure, without transgression;

I am clean, with no iniquity in me.

10Yet God finds occasions against me;

He counts me as His enemy.

11He puts my feet in the stocks;

He watches over all my paths.’

12Behold, you are not right in this matter.

I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

13Why do you complain to Him

that He answers nothing a man asks?

14For God speaks in one way and in another,

yet no one notices.

15In a dream,

in a vision in the night,

when deep sleep falls upon men

as they slumber on their beds,

16 He opens their ears

and terrifies them with warnings

17to turn a man from wrongdoing

and keep him from pride,

18to preserve his soul from the Pit

and his life from perishing by the sword.

19A man is also chastened on his bed

with pain and constant distress in his bones,

20so that he detests his bread,

and his soul loathes his favorite food.

21His flesh wastes away from sight,

and his hidden bones protrude.

22He draws near to the Pit,

and his life to the messengers of death.

23Yet if there is a messenger on his side,

one mediator in a thousand,

to tell a man what is right for him,

24to be gracious to him and say,

‘Spare him from going down to the Pit;

I have found his ransom,’

25then his flesh is refreshed like a child’s;

he returns to the days of his youth.

26He prays to God and finds favor;

he sees God’s face and shouts for joy,

and God restores His righteousness

to that man.

27Then he sings before men

with these words:

‘I have sinned and perverted what was right;

yet I did not get what I deserved.

28He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit,

and I will live to see the light.’

29Behold, all these things God does to a man,

two or even three times,

30to bring back his soul from the Pit,

that he may be enlightened with the light of life.

31Pay attention, Job, and listen to me;

be silent, and I will speak.

32But if you have something to say, answer me;

speak up, for I would like to vindicate you.

33But if not, then listen to me;

be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.”


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