Elihu Rebukes Job

1 "But now, please hear my speeches, Job, and hear all my words.

References for Job 33:1

    • a 33:1 - Or "my sentences," or "what I have to say"
    • b 33:1 - Or "give ear to"
      2 Please look, I open my mouth; my tongue in my mouth speaks.
      3 My words [declare] my heart's uprightness, and my lips sincerely speak {what my lips know}.

      References for Job 33:3

        • c 33:3 - Literally "the knowledge of my lips"
          4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of Shaddai gives life to me.
          5 "If you are able, answer me. Present [your argument] {before me}; take your stand.

          References for Job 33:5

            • d 33:5 - Literally "to the face of me"
              6 Look, before God {I am like you}; I myself was also formed from clay.

              References for Job 33:6

                • e 33:6 - Literally "I [am] like your mouth"
                  7 Look, dread of me should not terrify you, and my hand will not be heavy upon you.
                  8 "Surely you have spoken in my ears, and I have heard [the] sound of [your] words:

                  References for Job 33:8

                    • f 33:8 - Or "sentences," or "what [you] say"
                      9 'I [am] clean, without transgression; I [am] pure, and [there is] no guilt in me.
                      10 Look, he finds fault against me; he reckons me as his enemy;
                      11 he puts my feet in the block; he watches all my paths.'
                      12 "Look, [in] this you are not right--I will answer you: Indeed, God is greater than a human being.
                      13 Why do you contend against him, that he will not answer all a person's words?
                      14 Indeed, God speaks in one [way], even in two, [yet] [someone] does not perceive it.

                      References for Job 33:14

                        • g 33:14 - Hebrew "and"
                        • h 33:14 - Or "time and again" (NJPS, HCSB)
                          15 "In a dream, a vision of [the] night, when a deep sleep falls on men slumbering on [their] bed,
                          16 then he opens [the] ear of men, and {he frightens them with a warning}

                          References for Job 33:16

                            • i 33:16 - Literally "with their warning he frightens"
                              17 to turn human beings aside [from their] deeds, and he keeps man from pride.
                              18 He spares his life from [the] pit and his life from passing over the river [of death].
                              19 "And he is reproved with pain on his bed, even [with] the strife of his bones continually,

                              References for Job 33:19

                                  20 {so that} his life loathes bread, and his inner self [loathes] {appetizing food}.

                                  References for Job 33:20

                                    • k 33:20 - Hebrew "and"
                                    • l 33:20 - Or "soul"
                                    • m 33:20 - Literally "food of desire"
                                      21 His flesh is wasted away from sight, and his bones, [which] are invisible, are bared.
                                      22 And {he} draws near to the pit and his life to the killers.

                                      References for Job 33:22

                                        • n 33:22 - Literally "his inner self/soul"
                                          23 "If there is a messenger beside him, a mediator, one of a thousand, to declare to a human being his uprightness

                                          References for Job 33:23

                                            • o 33:23 - That is, "unique," or "one of a kind"
                                              24 {so that} he is gracious [to] him, and he says, 'Deliver him from descending into [the] pit; I have found a ransom.'

                                              References for Job 33:24

                                                  25 His flesh is renewed with [his] youth; he returns to [the] days of his youthful strength.
                                                  26 He prays to God, then he accepts him, and he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he repays to the human being his righteousness.
                                                  27 "He will sing to men, and he will say, 'I have sinned and have perverted [what is] right, and it was not paid back to me.
                                                  28 He redeemed my life from going down into the pit, so {I will enjoy the light}.'

                                                  References for Job 33:28

                                                    • q 33:28 - Hebrew "and"
                                                    • r 33:28 - Literally "my life in the light will see"
                                                      29 Look, God does all these [things] twice, three times with a person

                                                      References for Job 33:29

                                                        • s 33:29 - Or "time and again," or "oftentimes" (NASB, NASU), or "several times"
                                                          30 to bring his life back from [the] pit {so that he may enjoy the light of life}.

                                                          References for Job 33:30

                                                            • t 33:30 - Literally "to be lighted with the light of the life"
                                                              31 "Listen attentively, Job; listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
                                                              32 If {you have anything to say}, {answer me}; speak, for I desire {to justify you}.

                                                              References for Job 33:32

                                                                • u 33:32 - Literally "If there are words," or "If there are sentences"
                                                                • v 33:32 - Literally "return to me"
                                                                • w 33:32 - Literally "your righteousness"
                                                                  33 If not, you listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom."