Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech, And hearken to all my words. Job 33:2 Behold now, I have opened my mouth; My tongue hath spoken in my mouth. Job 33:3 My words [shall utter] the uprightness of my heart; And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life. Job 33:5 If thou canst, answer thou me; Set [thy words] in order before me, stand forth. Job 33:6 Behold, I am toward God even as thou art: I also am formed out of the clay. Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying], Job 33:9 I am clean, without transgression; I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me: Job 33:10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for his enemy: Job 33:11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, He marketh all my paths. Job 33:12 Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man. Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him, For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For God speaketh once, Yea twice, [though man] regardeth it not. Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falleth upon men, In slumberings upon the bed; Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, And sealeth their instruction, Job 33:17 That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, And hide pride from man; Job 33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.
Job 33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, And with continual strife in his bones; Job 33:20 So that his life abhorreth bread, And his soul dainty food. Job 33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; And his bones that were not seen stick out. Job 33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit, And his life to the destroyers.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 If there be with him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand, To show unto man what is right for him; Job 33:24 Then [God] is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom. Job 33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's; He returneth to the days of his youth. Job 33:26 He prayeth unto God, and he is favorable unto him, So that he seeth his face with joy: And he restoreth unto man his righteousness. Job 33:27 He singeth before men, and saith, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it profited me not: Job 33:28 He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit, And my life shall behold the light. Job 33:29 Lo, all these things doth God work, Twice, [yea] thrice, with a man, Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: Hold thy peace, and I will speak. Job 33:32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify thee. Job 33:33 If not, hearken thou unto me: Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.