Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 Wherfore, heare my wordes (O Iob) and herken vnto me all that I will saye: Job 33:2 Beholde, I haue now opened my mouth, my tonge hath spoken in my throte. Job 33:3 My hert doth ordre my wordes a ryght, and my lyppes talke of pure wysdome. Job 33:4 The spryte of God hath made me, and the breth of the Almyghtye hath geuen me my lyfe. Job 33:5 If thou canst, then geue me answere: prepare thy selfe to stande before me face to face, Job 33:6 Beholde, before God am I euen as thou, for I am fashyoned and made euen of the same mould. Job 33:7 Therfore, thou nedest not to be afrayed of me, nether nedest thou to feare, that my auctoryte shalbe 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, and I haue herde the voyce of thy wordes: Job 33:9 I am cleane wythout any faute, I am innocent, and there is no wyckednes in me. Job 33:10 But lo, he hath picked a quarell agaynst me, and taketh me for hys enemy: Job 33:11 he hath put my fote in the stockes, and loketh narowly vnto all my pathes. Job 33:12 Beholde, in thys hast thou not done ryght. I wyll make answere vnto the, that God is more then man. Job 33:13 And why doest thou then stryue agaynst him: for he shall not geue the accomptes of all hys wordes.
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For when God doth once commaunde a thynge, there shulde no man be curyous, to searche whether it be ryght. Job 33:15 In dreames and visyons of the nyght (when slombring commeth vpon men, that they fall a slepe in their beddes) Job 33:16 he roundeth them in the eares, he infourmeth them, and sheweth them playnely, Job 33:17 that it is he, whych withdraweth man from euyll, delyuereth hym from pryde, Job 33:18 kepeth hym from the graue, and hys lyfe from the swearde.
Job 33:19 He chasteneth hym wyth sycknesse, and bryngeth hym to his bed: he layeth sore punyshement vpon hys bones, Job 33:20 so that hys lyfe maye awaye wyth no bred, and his soule abhorreth to eat any dayntie meat: Job 33:21 In so moch that hys body is cleane consumed awaye, and his bones appeare no more. Job 33:22 Hys lyfe draweth on to the graue, and hys lyfe to death.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 Now, yf there be a messenger (one amonge a thousande) sent for to speake vnto man, and to shewe him the ryght waye: Job 33:24 then the Lorde is mercyfull vnto hym, and sayeth: He shalbe delyuered, that he fall not downe to the graue, for I am sufficiently reconcyled. Job 33:25 Than shall hys flesh be as well lykyng as it was afore, and shalbe as it was in hys youth. Job 33:26 For yf he submytte hym selfe vnto God, he shalbe gracious vnto him, and shewe him his countenaunce ioyfully, & rewardeth man for his ryghteousnes. Job 33:27 Soch a respecte hath he vnto men. Therfore, let a man confesse (and saye) I haue offended: I dyd vnryghteously, and it hath done me no good. Job 33:28 Yee, he hath delyuered my soule from destruccyon, and my lyfe shall se the lyght. Job 33:29 Lo, thus worcketh God allwaye with man, Job 33:30 that he kepeth hys soule from perishing, and letteth hym enioye the lyght of the lyuynge.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Marcke well (O Iob) and heare me: holde the styll, and I will speake. Job 33:32 But yf thou hast any thynge to saye, then answere me, and speake, for thy answere pleaseth me. Job 33:33 If thou hast nothinge, then heare me, and holde thy tonge, so shall I teach the wisdome.