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 mine 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 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 meat. 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 shew unto man what is right for him; Job 33:24 Then he 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 favourable 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 any thing 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.