Job 33 ESV

Elihu Rebukes Job

1 "But now, hear my speech, O Job, and listen to all my words.

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      2 Behold, I 1open my mouth; the tongue in my mouth speaks.

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      3 My words declare the uprightness of my heart, and what my lips know they speak sincerely.
      4 2The Spirit of God has made me, and 3the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

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      5 4Answer me, if you can; 5set your words in order before me; take your stand.

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          6 Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of 6clay.

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          7 Behold, no 7fear of me need terrify you; my 8pressure will not be heavy upon you.

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          8 "Surely you have spoken in my ears, and I have heard the sound of your words.
          9 You say, 'I am 9pure, without 10transgression; I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me.

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          10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, he 11counts me as his enemy,

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          11 he 12puts my feet in the stocks and 13watches all my paths.'

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          12 "Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.
          13 Why do you 14contend against him, saying, 'He 15will answer none of man'sa words'?b

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            • ª 33:13 - Hebrew his
            • « 33:13 - Or He will not answer for any of his own words
              14 For God 16speaks in one way, 17and in two, though man 18does not perceive it.

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                  15 In 19a dream, in 20a vision of 21the night, when 22deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

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                  16 then he 23opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings,

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                  17 that he may turn man aside from his 24deed and conceal pride from a man;

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                  18 he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from 25perishing by the sword.

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                  19 "Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed and with continual strife in his 26bones,

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                  20 so that his 27life loathes bread, and his appetite 28the choicest food.

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                  21 His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen 29stick out.

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                  22 His soul draws near 30the pit, and his life to 31those who bring death.

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                  23 If there be for him 32an angel, 33a mediator, 34one of the thousand, to declare to man what is 35right for him,

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                  24 and he is merciful to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found 36a ransom;

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                  25 let his flesh 37become fresh with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor';

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                  26 then manc38prays to God, and he accepts him; he 39sees his face with a shout of joy, and he 40restores to man his righteousness.

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                  27 He sings before men and says: 'I 41sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not repaid to me.

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                  28 He has redeemed my 42soul from going down 43into the pit, and my life shall 44look upon the light.'

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                      29 "Behold, God does all these things, twice, 45three times, with a man,

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                          30 to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with 46the light of life.

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                          31 Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
                          32 If you have any words, 47answer me; 48speak, for I desire to justify you.

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                              33 If not, 49listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."

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