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, þt I wyll saye: Job 33:2 Beholde, I wyl open my mouthe, and my tonge shall speake out of my chawes. Job 33:3 My herte shall ordre my wordes a ryghte, & my lyppes shall talke of pure wysdome. Job 33:4 The spryte of God hath made me, & the breth of þe almyghtye hath geuen me my lyfe. Job 33:5 If thou canste, then geue me aunswere: 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 moulde. Job 33:7 Therfore, thou nedest not be afrayed of me, neyther nedest thou to feare, that my auctoryte shalbe to heauye for the.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 Now haste thou spoken in myne eares, and I haue heard the voyce of thy wordes: Job 33:9 I am clene withoute any faute, I am innocente, & there is no wyckednesse in me, Job 33:10 But lo, he hath pyked a quarell agaynste me, and taketh me for hys enemye, Job 33:11 he hath put my fote in the stockes, & loketh narowlye vnto all my pathes. Job 33:12 Beholde, vnto these vnreasonable wordes of thyne wil I make aunswere. Shulde God be reproued of man? Job 33:13 Why doest thou then stryue agaynst hym, because he geueth the no accomptes of all hys doynges?
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For when God doth ones commaunde a thynge, there shulde no man be curyous, to searche whether it be ryghte. Job 33:15 In dreames and visyons of the nyght season (when slombring commeth vpon men, that they fall a slepe in theyr beddes) Job 33:16 he roundeth them in the eares, he infourmeth them, and sheweth them playnelye, Job 33:17 that it is he, which wythdraweth man from euyll, delyuereth hym from pryde, Job 33:18 kepeth hys soule from destruccyon, and his life from the swearde.
Job 33:19 He chasteneth hym wyth sycknesse, and bryngeth hym to hys bedde: he layeth sore punyshment vpon hys bones, Job 33:20 so þt hys lyfe maye awaye wyth no bread, & hys soule abhorreth to eate anye dayntye meate. Job 33:21 In so muche that hys body is cleane consumed awaye, and hys bones apeare no more. Job 33:22 Hys soule draweth on to destruccyon, & hys lyfe to death.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 Nowe yf there be a messenger (one amonge a thousande) sent for to speake vnto man, and to shewe hym the ryght waye: Job 33:24 then the Lorde is mercyfull vnto hym, & sayeth: He shalbe delyuered, that he fall not doune to destruccyon, for I am suffycyentlye reconcyled. Job 33:25 Then hys fleshe (which hath bene in myserye and trouble) shalbe as it was in hys youth. Job 33:26 For yf he submytte hym self vnto God he is gracyous, and sheweth hym his countenaunce ioyfully, and rewardeth man for hys ryghtuousnes. Job 33:27 Suche a respecte hath he vnto men. Therfore let a man confesse (and saye) I offended, but he hath chastened and reformed me: I dyd vnryghteouslye, neuerthelesse he hath not recompensed me thereafter. Job 33:28 Yea he hath delyuered my soule from destruccyon, and my lyfe, that it seeth the lyght. Job 33:29 Lo, thus worcketh God alwaye wyth man, Job 33:30 that he kepeth hys soule from peryshynge, and letteth hym enioye the lyghte of the lyuyng.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Marke well (O Iob) and heare me: holde the styl, vntyll I haue spoken. Job 33:32 But yf thou hast anything to saye, then aunswere me, and speake, for thy aunswere pleaseth me. Job 33:33 If thou hast nothyng, then heare me, and holde thy tonge, so shall I teache the wysdome.