Bishops' Bible

Job 33

Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.

Job 33:1 Wherefore heare my wordes O Iob, and hearken vnto all that I will say: Job 33:2 Behold, I haue now opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my throte. Job 33:3 My heart doth order my wordes aright, and my lippes talke of pure wysedome. Job 33:4 The spirite of God hath made me, and the breath of the almightie hath geuen me my lyfe. Job 33:5 If thou canst then geue me aunswere, prepare thy selfe and stande before me face to face. Job 33:6 Beholde, before God I am euen as thou: for I am fashioned & made euen of the same molde. Job 33:7 Beholde, my terrour shall not feare thee, neither shall my hande be heauy vpon thee.

He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.

Job 33:8 Now hast thou spoken in myne eares, & I haue heard the voyce of thy wordes: Job 33:9 I am cleane without any fault, I am innocent, & there is no wickednesse in me. Job 33:10 But lo, he hath piked a quarell against me, and taketh me for his enemie. Job 33:11 He hath put my foote in the stockes, and looketh narowlye vnto all my pathes. Job 33:12 Behold, in this hast thou not done right, I wil make aunswere vnto thee, that God is greater then man. Job 33:13 And why doest thou then striue against him? for he shall not geue the accomptes of all his wordes.

God calleth man to repentance by visions,

Job 33:14 For God speaketh once or twise, and yet man vnderstandeth it not. Job 33:15 In dreames and visions of the night, when slumbring commeth vpon men that they fall asleepe in their beddes, Job 33:16 He roundeth them in the eares, and sealeth their correction: Job 33:17 That he may withdrawe man from euyll enterprises, and deliuer hym from pride, Job 33:18 And kepe his soule from the graue, and his life from the sworde.

by afflictions,

Job 33:19 He chasteneth hym with sickenesse vpon his bedde, he layeth sore punishement vpon his bones: Job 33:20 So that his lyfe may away with no bread, and his soule abhorreth to eate any dayntie meate: Job 33:21 In so much that his body is cleane consumed away, and his bones appeare which before were not seene. Job 33:22 His soule draweth vnto the graue, and his lyfe to death.

and by his ministry.

Job 33:23 Now yf there be a messenger, one among a thousande, sent for to speake vnto man, and to shew him the right way: Job 33:24 Then the Lord is mercifull vnto him, and sayth, He shalbe deliuered, that he fall not downe to the graue: for I am sufficiently reconciled. Job 33:25 Then shal his fleshe be as freshe as a childes, and shal returne as in the dayes of his youth. Job 33:26 He shall pray vnto God, and he will be fauorable vnto him, and he shall see his face with ioy, for he will render vnto man his righteousnesse. Job 33:27 A respect hath he vnto men, let man then say, I haue offended, I did vnrighteously, & it hath done me no good: Job 33:28 Yea he hath deliuered my soule from destruction, and my lyfe shall see the light. Job 33:29 Lo all these worketh God alway with man: Job 33:30 That he bring backe his soule from the graue to the light, yea the light of the lyuing.

He inclineth Job to attention.

Job 33:31 Marke wel O Iob, and heare me: hold thee still, and I will speake. Job 33:32 But if thou hast any thing to say, then aunswere me, and speake: for I desire to iustifie thee. Job 33:33 If thou hast nothing, then heare me, and hold thy tongue, and I shall teache thee wysdome.

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