Elihu Claims to Speak for God

33 “However now, Job, please (A)hear my speech,
And listen to all my words.
“Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue in my [a]mouth speaks.
“My words are from the uprightness of my heart,
And my lips speak (B)knowledge sincerely.
“The (C)Spirit of God has made me,
And the (D)breath of [b]the Almighty gives me life.
(E)Refute me if you can;
Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
“Behold, I belong to God like you;
I too have been [c]formed out of the (F)clay.
“Behold, (G)no fear of me should terrify you,
Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

“Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words:
‘I am (H)pure, (I)without transgression;
I am innocent and there (J)is no guilt in me.
10 ‘Behold, He [d]invents pretexts against me;
He (K)counts me as His enemy.
11 ‘He (L)puts my feet in the stocks;
He watches all my paths.’
12 “Behold, let me [e]tell you, (M)you are not right in this,
For God is greater than man.

13 “Why do you (N)complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?
14 “Indeed (O)God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
15 “In a (P)dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
16 Then (Q)He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
17 That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
And [f]keep man from pride;
18 He (R)keeps back his soul from the pit,
And his life from [g]passing over (S)into Sheol.

19 [h]Man is also chastened with (T)pain on his bed,
And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
20 So that his life (U)loathes bread,
And his soul favorite food.
21 “His (V)flesh wastes away from sight,
And his (W)bones which were not seen stick out.
22 “Then (X)his soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those who bring death.

23 “If there is an angel as (Y)mediator for him,
One out of a thousand,
To remind a man what is [i]right for him,
24 Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
‘Deliver him from (Z)going down to the pit,
I have found a (AA)ransom’;
25 Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
26 Then he will (AB)pray to God, and He will accept him,
That (AC)he may see His face with joy,
And He may restore His righteousness to man.
27 “He will sing to men and say,
‘I (AD)have sinned and perverted what is right,
And it is not (AE)proper for me.
28 ‘He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit,
And my life shall (AF)see the light.’

29 “Behold, God does (AG)all these [j]oftentimes with men,
30 To (AH)bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
31 “Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
Keep silent, and let me speak.
32 Then if [k]you have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 “If not, (AI)listen to me;
Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”


  1. Job 33:2 Lit palate
  2. Job 33:4 Heb Shaddai
  3. Job 33:6 Lit cut out of
  4. Job 33:10 Lit finds
  5. Job 33:12 Lit answer
  6. Job 33:17 Lit hide
  7. Job 33:18 M.T. perishing by the sword
  8. Job 33:19 Lit He
  9. Job 33:23 Lit his uprightness
  10. Job 33:29 Lit twice, three times
  11. Job 33:32 Lit there are words

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