Speech of Elihu (continued)
33:1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches,
and hearken to all my words.
33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath
spoken in my mouth.
33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and
my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the
Almighty hath given me life.
33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before
me, stand up.
33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I
also am formed out of the clay.
33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither
shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have
heard the voice of thy words, saying,
33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent;
neither is there iniquity in me.
33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth
me for his enemy,
33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my
33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer
thee, that God is greater than man.
33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not
account of any of his matters.
33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth
33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep
falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their
33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide
pride from man.
33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life
from perishing by the sword.
33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the
multitude of his bones with strong pain:
33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty
33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;
and his bones that were not seen stick out.
33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his
life to the destroyers.
33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one
among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
33:24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, 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 shall
return to the days of his youth:
33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable
unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will
render unto man his righteousness.
33:27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned,
and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and
his life shall see the light.
33:29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be
enlightened with the light of the living.
33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace,
and I will speak.
33:32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I
desire to justify thee.
33:33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall
teach thee wisdom.