Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 And yet, I pray thee, O Job, Hear my speech and [to] all my words give ear. Job 33:2 Lo, I pray thee, I have opened my mouth, My tongue hath spoken in the palate. Job 33:3 Of the uprightness of my heart [are] my sayings, And knowledge have my lips clearly spoken. Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Mighty doth quicken me. Job 33:5 If thou art ableanswer me, Set in array before mestation thyself. Job 33:6 Lo, I [am], according to thy word, for God, From the clay II also, have been formed. Job 33:7 Lo, my terror doth not frighten thee, And my burden on thee is not heavy.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 Surelythou hast said in mine ears, And the sounds of words I hear: Job 33:9 'Pure [am] I, without transgression, Innocent [am] I, and I have no iniquity. Job 33:10 Lo, occasions against me He doth find, He doth reckon me for an enemy to Him, Job 33:11 He doth put in the stocks my feet, He doth watch all my paths.' Job 33:12 Lo, [in] this thou hast not been righteous, I answer thee, that greater is God than man. Job 33:13 Wherefore against Him hast thou striven, When [for] all His matters He answereth not?
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 For once doth God speak, and twice, (He doth not behold it.) Job 33:15 In a dreama vision of night, In the falling of deep sleep on men, In slumberings on a bed. Job 33:16 Then He uncovereth the ear of men, And for their instruction sealeth: Job 33:17 To turn aside man [from] doing, And pride from man He concealeth. Job 33:18 He keepeth back his soul from corruption, And his life from passing away by a dart.
Job 33:19 And he hath been reproved With pain on his bed, And the strife of his bones [is] enduring. Job 33:20 And his life hath nauseated bread, And his soul desirable food. Job 33:21 His flesh is consumed from being seen, And high are his bones, they were not seen! Job 33:22 And draw near to the pit doth his soul, And his life to those causing death.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 If there is by him a messenger, An interpreterone of a thousand, To declare for man his uprightness: Job 33:24 Then He doth favour him and saith, 'Ransom him from going down to the pit, I have found an atonement.' Job 33:25 Fresher [is] his flesh than a child's, He returneth to the days of his youth. Job 33:26 He maketh supplication unto God, And He accepteth him. And he seeth His face with shouting, And He returneth to man His righteousness. Job 33:27 He looketh on men, and saith, 'I sinned, And uprightness I have perverted, And it hath not been profitable to me. Job 33:28 He hath ransomed my soul From going over into the pit, And my life on the light looketh.' Job 33:29 Lo, all these doth God work, Twicethrice with man, Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, To be enlightened with the light of the living.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Attend, O Job, hearken to me, Keep silent, and II do speak. Job 33:32 If there are wordsanswer me, Speak, for I have a desire to justify thee. Job 33:33 If there are nothearken thou to me, Keep silent, and I teach thee wisdom.