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Elihu Claims to Speak for God

1 "However now, Job, please 1hear my speech, And listen to all my words.

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2 "Behold now, I open my mouth, My tongue in my mouth speaks.

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    • a 33:2 - Lit "palate"
      3 "My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak 2knowledge sincerely.

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      4 "The 3Spirit of God has made me, And the 4breath of the Almighty gives me life.

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      5 "5Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.

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      6 "Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the 6clay.

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        • c 33:6 - Lit "cut out of"
          7 "Behold, 7no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

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          8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words:
          9 'I am 8pure, 9without transgression; I am innocent and there 10is no guilt in me.

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          10 'Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He 11counts me as His enemy.

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          11 'He 12puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.'

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          12 "Behold, let me tell you, 13you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

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          13 "Why do you 14complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

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          14 "Indeed 15God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it.

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          15 "In a 16dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,

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          16 Then 17He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,

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          17 That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;

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              18 He 18keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over 19into Sheol.

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                • g 33:18 - M.T. "perishing by the sword"
                  19 "Man is also chastened with 20pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones;

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                  20 So that his life 21loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.

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                  21 "His 22flesh wastes away from sight, And his 23bones which were not seen stick out.

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                  22 "Then 24his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death.

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                  23 "If there is an angel as 25mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him,

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                    • i 33:23 - Lit "his uprightness"
                      24 Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from 26going down to the pit, I have found a 27ransom ';

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                      25 Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
                      26 Then he will 28pray to God, and He will accept him, That 29he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.

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                      27 "He will sing to men and say, 'I 30have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not 31proper for me.

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                      28 'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall 32see the light.'

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                      29 "Behold, God does 33all these oftentimes * with men,

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                        • j 33:29 - Lit "twice, three times"
                          30 To 34bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

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                          31 "Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and let me speak.
                          32 "Then if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.

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                            • k 33:32 - Lit "there are words"
                              33 "If not, 35listen to me; Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."

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