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Elihu Contradicts Job

33 “But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words.

2 Now, I open my mouth;

My tongue speaks in my mouth.

3 My words come from my upright heart;

My lips utter pure knowledge.

4 aThe Spirit of God has made me,

And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

5 If you can answer me,

Set your words in order before me;

Take your stand.

6 bTruly I am 1as your spokesman before God;

I also have been formed out of clay.

7 cSurely no fear of me will terrify you,

Nor will my hand be heavy on you.

8 “Surely you have spoken 2in my hearing,

And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,

9 ‘I dam pure, without transgression;

I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.

10 Yet He finds occasions against me,

eHe counts me as His enemy;

11 fHe puts my feet in the stocks,

He watches all my paths.’

12 “Look, in this you are not righteous.

I will answer you,

For God is greater than man.

13 Why do you gcontend with Him?

For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.

14 hFor God may speak in one way, or in another,

Yet man does not perceive it.

15 iIn a dream, in a vision of the night,

When deep sleep falls upon men,

While slumbering on their beds,

16 jThen He opens the ears of men,

And seals their instruction.

17 In order to turn man from his deed,

And conceal pride from man,

18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,

And his life from 3perishing by the sword.

19Man is also chastened with pain on his kbed,

And with strong pain in many of his bones,

20 lSo that his life abhors mbread,

And his soul 4succulent food.

21 His flesh wastes away from sight,

And his bones stick out which once were not seen.

22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit,

And his life to the executioners.

23 “If there is a messenger for him,

A mediator, one among a thousand,

To show man His uprightness,

24 Then He is gracious to him, and says,

‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit;

I have found 5a ransom’;

25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s,

He shall return to the days of his youth.

26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,

He shall see His face with joy,

For He restores to man His righteousness.

27 Then he looks at men and nsays,

‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right,

And it odid not profit me.’

28 He will predeem 6his soul from going down to the Pit,

And 6his life shall see the light.

29 “Behold, God works all these things,

Twice, in fact, three times with a man,

30 qTo bring back his soul from the Pit,

That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;

Hold your peace, and I will speak.

32 If you have anything to say, answer me;

Speak, for I desire to justify you.

33 If not, rlisten to me;

7Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”


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