Job 33 NAS

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 amouth speaks.

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    • ǥ 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 bthe Almighty gives me life.

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        • Ǧ 33:4 - Heb "Shaddai"
          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 cformed out of the 6clay.

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            • ǧ 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 dinvents 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 etell you, 13you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

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                • ǩ 33:12 - Lit "answer"
                  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 fkeep man from pride;

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

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                        • ǫ 33:18 - M.T. "perishing by the sword"
                          19 "hMan 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 iright for him,

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                            • ǭ 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 joftentimes * with men,

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                                • Ǯ 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 kyou have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.

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

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