Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 Wherefore, Iob, I pray thee, heare my speeches, and hearken to all my wordes. Job 33:2 Behold, now I haue opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. Job 33:3 My words [shalbe of] the vprightnesse of my heart: and my lippes shall vtter knowledge clearely. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almightie hath giuen me life. Job 33:5 If thou canst, answere me, set [thy wordes] in order before me, stand vp. Job 33:6 Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in Gods stead: I also am formed out of the clay. Job 33:7 Behold, my terrour shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heauie vpon thee.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I haue heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying], Job 33:9 I [am] cleane without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquitie in me. Job 33:10 Behold, hee findeth occasions against mee, hee counteth mee for his enemie. Job 33:11 He putteth my feete in the stockes, he marketh all my pathes. Job 33:12 Behold, [in] this thou art not iust: I will answere thee, That God is greater then man. Job 33:13 Why doest thou striue against him? for he giueth not account of any of his matters.
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiueth it not. Job 33:15 In a dreame, in a vision of the night, when deepe sleepe falleth vpon men, in slumbrings vpon the bed: Job 33:16 Then hee openeth the eares of men, and sealeth their instruction, Job 33:17 That hee may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hide pride from man. Job 33:18 Hee keepeth backe his soule from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
Job 33:19 Hee is chastened also with paine vpon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong [paine]. Job 33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soule daintie meate. Job 33:21 His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seene; and his bones that were not seene, sticke out. Job 33:22 His soule draweth neere vnto the graue, and his life to the destroyers.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew vnto man his vprightnesse: Job 33:24 Then hee is gracious vnto him, and sayth, Deliuer him from going downe to the pit; I haue found a ransome. Job 33:25 His flesh shall be fresher then a childes: he shall returne to the dayes of his youth. Job 33:26 He shall pray vnto God, and hee will be fauourable vnto him, and hee shall see his face with ioy: for hee will render vnto man his righteousnesse. Job 33:27 He looketh vpon men, [and] if any say, I haue sinned, and peruerted that which was right, and it profited mee not: Job 33:28 Hee will deliuer his soule from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Job 33:29 Loe, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, Job 33:30 To bring backe his soule from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the liuing.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Marke well, O Iob, hearken vnto me, hold thy peace, and I wil speake. Job 33:32 If thou hast any thing to say, answere me: speake, for I desire to iustifie thee. Job 33:33 If not, hearken vnto me: holde thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisedome.