THE BOOK OF
Job 33 ©
Elihu exhorts Job to attention, v. 1, etc. Using reasons for that purpose, 3. Reprehends Job that he had stood too much upon his own righteousness, 8. Shows that God brings men to understanding and conversion by dreams and visions, 14. By diseases, 19. By the speech of His ministers, 23. Exhorts Job to hearken or also to answer unto him, 31.
WHEREFORE, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
Behold, now 1I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken 2in my mouth.
My words shall be of 3the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter 4knowledge 5clearly.
6The Spirit of God hath made me, and the 7breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
If thou canst answer me, 8set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Behold,a9I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed 10out of the clay.
Behold, 11my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my 12hand be heavy upon thee.
Surely thoub hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
13I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Behold, 14he findeth 15occasions against me, hec16counteth me for his enemy,
17Hed putteth my feet in the stocks, 18hee marketh all my paths.
Behold, 19in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, 20that God is 21greater than man.
Why dost thou strive against him? for 22he giveth not account of any of his matters.
23For God speaketh 24once, yea twice, yet man 25perceiveth it not.
26In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he 27openeth the ears of men, and 28sealeth their instruction,
That he may withdraw man 29from his 30purpose, and 31hide 32pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the 33sword.
34He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with 35strong pain:
36Sof that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul 37dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed 38away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were 39not seen 40stick out.
Yea, his 41soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life 42to the destroyers.
If there be a 43messenger with him, an interpreter, one 44among a thousand, to shew unto man his 45uprightness:
46Then 47he is 48gracious unto him, and 49saith, 50Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a 51ransom.
His flesh shall be 52fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
He shall pray unto God, andg he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see 53his face with joy: for he will render unto man his 54righteousness.
55He 56looketh upon 57men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it 58profited me not;
He will deliver his soul from going 59into the pit, and his life shall see the 60light.
Lo, all these things worketh God 61oftentimes with 62man,
Toh bring back his soul from the pit, to be 63enlightened with the light of the living.
Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
If thou hast 64any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to 65justify thee.
If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.