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Chapter 33

Elihu Presents His Case against Job

“Listen to my words, Job;

pay attention to what I have to say.

Now that I have begun to speak,

let me continue.

I speak with all sincerity;

I speak the truth.

For the Spirit of God has made me,

and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Answer me, if you can;

make your case and take your stand.

Look, you and I both belong to God.

I, too, was formed from clay.

So you don’t need to be afraid of me.

I won’t come down hard on you.

“You have spoken in my hearing,

and I have heard your very words.

You said, ‘I am pure; I am without sin;

I am innocent; I have no guilt.

10 God is picking a quarrel with me,

and he considers me his enemy.

11 He puts my feet in the stocks

and watches my every move.’

12 “But you are wrong, and I will show you why.

For God is greater than any human being.

13 So why are you bringing a charge against him?

Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints?

14 For God speaks again and again,

though people do not recognize it.

15 He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night,

when deep sleep falls on people

as they lie in their beds.

16 He whispers in their ears

and terrifies them with warnings.

17 He makes them turn from doing wrong;

he keeps them from pride.

18 He protects them from the grave,

from crossing over the river of death.

19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds,

with ceaseless aching in their bones.

20 They lose their appetite

for even the most delicious food.

21 Their flesh wastes away,

and their bones stick out.

22 They are at death’s door;

the angels of death wait for them.

23 “But if an angel from heaven appears—

a special messenger to intercede for a person

and declare that he is upright—

24 he will be gracious and say,

‘Rescue him from the grave,

for I have found a ransom for his life.’

25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s,

firm and youthful again.

2When he prays to God,

he will be accepted.

And God will receive him with joy

and restore him to good standing.

27 He will declare to his friends,

‘I sinned and twisted the truth,

but it was not worth it.*

28 God rescued me from the grave,

and now my life is filled with light.’

29 “Yes, God does these things

again and again for people.

30 He rescues them from the grave

so they may enjoy the light of life.

31 Mark this well, Job. Listen to me,

for I have more to say.

32 But if you have anything to say, go ahead.

Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified.

33 But if not, then listen to me.

Keep silent and I will teach you wisdom!”


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