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Job 33

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

Job 33:1 Wherfore, heare my wordes (O Iob) & herken vnto all, that I wyll saye: Job 33:2 Beholde, I wil open my mouth, & my tonge shal speake out of my chawes. Job 33:3 My hert shall ordre my wordes a right, & my lyppes shal talke of pure wysdome. Job 33:4 The sprete of God hath made me, & the breth of the Allmightie hath geue me my life. Job 33:5 Yf thou cast, then geue me answere: prepare thy self to stode before me face to face. Job 33:6 Beholde, before God am I euen as thou, for I am fashioned and made eue of the same moulde. Job 33:7 Therfore, thou nedest not be afrayed of me, nether nedest thou to feare, that my auctorite shal be to heuy for the.

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 herde ye voyce of thy wordes: Job 33:9 I am clene without eny fawte, I am innocent, & there is no wickednesse in me. Job 33:10 But lo, he hath pyked a quarell agaynst me, & taketh me for his enemy: Job 33:11 he hath put my fote in the stockes, & loketh narowly vnto all my pathes. Job 33:12 Beholde, vnto these vnreasonable wordes of thyne wil I make answere. Shulde God be reproued of man? Job 33:13 Why doest thou then stryue agaynst him, because he geueth the no accomptes of all his doinges?

God calleth man to repentance by visions,

Job 33:14 For whe God doth once commaunde a thinge, there shulde no man be curious, to search whether it be right. Job 33:15 In dreames and visions of the night season (when slombrynge cometh vpo me, that they fall a slepe in their beddes) Job 33:16 he rowneth them in the eares, he infourmeth them, & sheweth the planely, Job 33:17 that it is he, which withdraweth man from euell, delyuereth him from pryde, Job 33:18 kepeth his soule from destruccion, & his life from ye swearde.

by afflictions,

Job 33:19 he chasteneth him with sicknesse, & bringeth him to his bed: he laieth sore punyshmet vpo his bones, Job 33:20 so that his life maye awaye wt no bred, & his soule abhorreth to eate eny dayntie meate: Job 33:21 In so moch, that his body is clene consumed awaye, & his bones appeare nomore. Job 33:22 His soule draweth on to destruccion, & his life to death.

and by his ministry.

Job 33:23 Now yf there be an angel (one amonge a thousande) sent for to speake vnto ma, and to shewe him the right waye: Job 33:24 the the LORDE is mercifull vnto him, & sayeth: He shalbe delyuered, yt he fall not downe to destruccion, for I am sufficiently recociled. Job 33:25 Than his flesh (which hath bene in misery & trouble) shalbe, as it was in his youth. Job 33:26 For yf he submitte himself vnto God, he is gracious, & sheweth him his countenaunce ioyfully, & rewardeth man for his rightuousnes. Job 33:27 Soch a respecte hath he vnto me. Therfore let a man cofesse, (& saye:) I offended, but he hath chastened & refourmed me: I dyd vnrightuously, neuerthelesse he hath not recopensed me therafter. Job 33:28 Yee he hath delyuered my soule from destruccion, & my life, that it seyth ye light. Job 33:29 Lo, thus worketh God allwaie with ma, Job 33:30 that he kepeth his soule from perishinge, & latteth him enioye the light of ye lyuinge.

He inclineth Job to attention.

Job 33:31 Marke well (O Iob) & heare me: holde the still, vntill I haue spoken. Job 33:32 But yf thou hast eny thinge to saye, then answere me and speake, for thy answere pleaseth me. Job 33:33 Yf thou hast nothinge, then heare me, and holde thy tonge, so shal I teach the wysdome.

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