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Job 33

   

Elihu Claims to Speak for God

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Job 33:1   "However now, Job, please hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
   
Job 33:2   "Behold now, I open my mouth, My tongue in my mouth speaks.
   
Job 33:3   "My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.
   
Job 33:4   "The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
   
Job 33:5   "Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
   
Job 33:6   "Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.
   
Job 33:7   "Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
   
Job 33:8   "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words:
   
Job 33:9   'I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.
   
Job 33:10   'Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.
   
Job 33:11   'He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.'
   
Job 33:12   "Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.
   
Job 33:13   "Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?
   
Job 33:14   "Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it.
   
Job 33:15   "In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,
   
Job 33:16   Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,
   
Job 33:17   That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;
   
Job 33:18   He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.
   
Job 33:19   "Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
   
Job 33:20   So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.
   
Job 33:21   "His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones which were not seen stick out.
   
Job 33:22   "Then his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death.
   
Job 33:23   "If there is an angel as mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him,
   
Job 33:24   Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom';
   
Job 33:25   Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
   
Job 33:26   Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.
   
Job 33:27   "He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.
   
Job 33:28   'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'
   
Job 33:29   "Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,
   
Job 33:30   To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
   
Job 33:31   "Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and let me speak.
   
Job 33:32   "Then if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.
   
Job 33:33   "If not, listen to me; Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."
     
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