Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 But, in very deed, hear, I pray thee, Job, my discourse, and, to all my words, give thou ear. Job 33:2 Lo! I pray thee, I have opened my mouth, My tongue, with my palate, hath spoken, Job 33:3 Mine utterances come straight from mine own heart, and, what I know, my lips have truly spoken; Job 33:4 The spirit of GOD, hath made me, and, the inspiration of the Almighty, giveth me life. Job 33:5 If thou art able to answer me, Set in order before metake thy stand! Job 33:6 Lo! I am like thyself toward GOD, From clay, have I been nipped off, even I! Job 33:7 Lo! my terror, will not startle thee, nor, my hand, upon thee, be heavy.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 But thou hast spoken in mine ears, and, the sound of words, I heard: Job 33:9 Pure am, I, without transgression,Clean am, I, and have no iniquity; Job 33:10 Lo! occasions of hostility, would he find against me, He counteth me an enemy to him; Job 33:11 He puttethin the stocksmy feet, He watcheth all my paths. Job 33:12 Lo! in this, thou hast not been rightlet me answer thee, For, GOD, is greater than, man. Job 33:13 Wherefore, against him, hast thou contended? For, with none of his reasons, will he respond.
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For, in one way, GOD may speak,and, in a second way, one may not heed it: Job 33:15 In a dream, a vision of the night, when a deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed, Job 33:16 Then, uncovereth he the ear of men, and, on their correction, affixeth a seal; Job 33:17 To turn a son of earth from his deed, while yet, pride, from man he concealeth: Job 33:18 He keepeth back his said from the pit, and his life from passing away by a weapon.
Job 33:19 Or he is chastised with pain, upon his bed, and, the strife of his bones, is unceasing! Job 33:20 So that his life maketh loathsome [his] food, and his soul, dainty meat; Job 33:21 His flesh wasteth away out of sight, and bared are the bones once unseen; Job 33:22 So doth his soul draw near to the pit, and his life to the inflicters of death:
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 If there hath been near him a messenger who could interpretone of a thousand, to declare to the son of earth His uprightness, Job 33:24 Then hath he shewed him favour, and said, Set him free from going down to the pit, I have found a price of redemption! Job 33:25 His flesh hath been made fresher than a child's, he hath returned to the days of his youth; Job 33:26 He made supplication unto GOD, who hath accepted him, and he hath beheld his face with a shout of triumph, Thus hath he given back to man his righteousness. Job 33:27 He sang before men, and said, I sinned, and, uprightness, I perverted, yet he requited me not; Job 33:28 He hath ransomed my soul from passing away into the pit,and, my life, in the light, shall have vision. Job 33:29 Lo! a these things, doth GOD work, two ways, three, with a man; Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to enlighten with the light of the living.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Mark well, O Job, and hearken to me, Be silent, and, I, will speak: Job 33:32 If there is anything to say, reply to me, Speak, for I desire to justify thee; Job 33:33 If not, do, thou, hearken unto me, Be silent, that I may teach thee wisdom.