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Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude ° of his bones with strong pain:
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness:
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

33:6 in God’s stead. Job had longed for a “daysman” to mediate between himself and God. Now Elihu presumptuously claims to be such a mediator.

33:6 formed. Elihu condescendingly admits that he, like Adam, had been formed from the ground, even though his words (as he claimed) were constrained by “the spirit within me” (Job 32:18). He also compared his origin to that of Adam by noting that “the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4).

33:23 messenger. The Hebrew for “messenger” is the usual word for “angel.” Some have interpreted this as a Messianic prophecy, with the “angel” and the “one among a thousand” being prophetic of the coming Messiah, who would provide the needed “ransom.” In context, however, it seems clear that the arrogant young Elihu is making these claims for himself.

33:23 interpreter. This is not the usual word for an interpreter of the meanings of dreams or other revelations. It is more commonly translated as “mocker”—a type of interpretation perhaps appropriate for Elihu, but hardly for the Messiah.

33:24 ransom. This is the word for “atonement” or “covering.” Elihu is promising Job forgiveness and restoration if he will only confess his sins. However, he says nothing at all about the real ransom, or atonement—namely, the shed blood of an innocent substitute. He was presenting himself as the inspired messenger, but hardly as the substitutionary sacrifice!

33:33 teach thee wisdom. The prideful arrogance of Elihu is almost incredible. Pride is the devil’s sin (I Timothy 3:6; Isaiah 14:13-14), so Elihu’s attitude betrays the origin of his counsel.

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