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Job 33 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Elihu Rebukes Job

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:1 - “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
and listen to all my words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:2 - Behold, I open my mouth;
the tongue in my mouth speaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:3 - My words declare the uprightness of my heart,
and what my lips know they speak sincerely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:4 - The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:5 - Answer me, if you can;
set your words in order before me; take your stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:6 - Behold, I am toward God as you are;
I too was pinched off from a piece of clay.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:7 - Behold, no fear of me need terrify you;
my pressure will not be heavy upon you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:8 - “Surely you have spoken in my ears,
and I have heard the sound of your words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:9 - You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression;
I am clean, and there is no iniquity in me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:10 - Behold, he finds occasions against me,
he counts me as his enemy,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:11 - he puts my feet in the stocks
and watches all my paths.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:12 - “Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you,
for God is greater than man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:13 - Why do you contend against him,
saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s[fn] words’?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:14 - For God speaks in one way,
and in two, though man does not perceive it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:15 - In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
while they slumber on their beds,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:16 - then he opens the ears of men
and terrifies[fn] them with warnings,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:17 - that he may turn man aside from his deed
and conceal pride from a man;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:18 - he keeps back his soul from the pit,
his life from perishing by the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:19 - “Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed
and with continual strife in his bones,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:20 - so that his life loathes bread,
and his appetite the choicest food.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:21 - His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen,
and his bones that were not seen stick out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:22 - His soul draws near the pit,
and his life to those who bring death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:23 - If there be for him an angel,
a mediator, one of the thousand,
to declare to man what is right for him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:24 - and he is merciful to him, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down into the pit;
I have found a ransom;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:25 - let his flesh become fresh with youth;
let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:26 - then man[fn] prays to God, and he accepts him;
he sees his face with a shout of joy,
and he restores to man his righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:27 - He sings before men and says:
‘I sinned and perverted what was right,
and it was not repaid to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:28 - He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit,
and my life shall look upon the light.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:29 - “Behold, God does all these things,
twice, three times, with a man,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:30 - to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be lighted with the light of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:31 - Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:32 - If you have any words, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 33:33 - If not, listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew his
Or He will not answer for any of his own words
Or seals
Hebrew he

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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