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1 Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.

7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

10 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:

20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.

22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:

24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:

26 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.

27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,

30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.

32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

33 If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

Commentary for Job 33

Elihu offers to reason with Job. (1-7) Elihu blames Job for reflecting upon God. (8-13) God calls men to repentance. (14-18) God sends afflictions for good. (19-28) Elihu entreats Job's attention. (29-33)1-7 Job had desired a judge to decide his appeal. Elihu was one according to his wish, a man like himself. If we would rightly convince men, it must be by reason, not by terror; by fair argument, not by a heavy hand.

8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice and goodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour, we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable to us. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strive with a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts with perfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceive it.

14-18 God speaks to us by conscience, by providences, and by ministers; of all these Elihu discourses. There was not then, that we know of, any Divine revelation in writing, though now it is our principal guide. When God designs men's good, by the convictions and dictates of their own consciences, he opens the heart, as Lydia's, and opens the ears, so that conviction finds or forces its way in. The end and design of these admonitions are to keep men from sin, particularly the sin of pride. While sinners are pursuing evil purposes, and indulging their pride, their souls are hastening to destruction. That which turns men from sin, saves them from hell. What a mercy it is to be under the restraints of an awakened conscience!

19-28 Job complained of his diseases, and judged by them that God was angry with him; his friends did so too: but Elihu shows that God often afflicts the body for good to the soul. This thought will be of great use for our getting good from sickness, in and by which God speaks to men. Pain is the fruit of sin; yet, by the grace of God, the pain of the body is often made a means of good to the soul. When afflictions have done their work, they shall be removed. A ransom or propitiation is found. Jesus Christ is the Messenger and the Ransom, so Elihu calls him, as Job had called him his Redeemer, for he is both the Purchaser and the Price, the Priest and the sacrifice. So high was the value of souls, that nothing less would redeem them; and so great the hurt done by sin, that nothing less would atone for it, than the blood of the Son of God, who gave his life a ransom for many. A blessed change follows. Recovery from sickness is a mercy indeed, when it proceeds from the remission of sin. All that truly repent of their sins, shall find mercy with God. The works of darkness are unfruitful works; all the gains of sin will come far short of the damage. We must, with a broken and contrite heart, confess our sins to God, #1Jo 1:9|. We must confess the fact of sin; and not try to justify or excuse ourselves. We must confess the fault of sin; I have perverted that which was right. We must confess the folly of sin; So foolish have I been and ignorant. Is there not good reason why we should make such a confession?

29-33 Elihu shows that God's great and gracious design toward the children of men, is, to save them from being for ever miserable, and to bring them to be for ever happy. By whatever means we are kept back from the we shall bless the Lord for them at least, and should bless him for them though they be painful and distressing. Those that perish for ever are without excuse, for they would not be healed.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 33

  • BSP
    Verse 25~The aging process will reverse in the paradise. We will go back to the prime of adulthood.
  • I AM
    My little children, take heed as you finish your time in the flesh of corruption. Do the wicked not yet see that I numbered myself with the transgressors? For even the lion with his number gets carried away in his own imagination. For the proud beast reveals himself with both his mouth and his hands.
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    In any situation we find ourselves we should always give God The Glory
  • Terry
    23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness Sadly it appears many miss the point here. Job blames God for punishing him without cause, without trail and without mercy. The hope of the messenger is to prove to man gods righteousness not prove to God Jobs righteousness. One cannot be saved unless they trust that gods righteousness is greater than mans Vs 12 Lastly everything in the book of Job must be weighed against the prose and the epiphany of the book. Will Job curse God to his face? This question is put to Job in chapter 40 7 8 to which his answer will determine his fate as it will ours.
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 23
    Job 33, verses 23 28 reads, BUT IF A SPECIAL MESSENGER FROM HEAVEN IS THERE TO INTERCEDE FOR A PERSON, TO DECLARE THAT HE IS UPRIGHT, GOD WILL BE GRACIOUS AND SAY, 'SET HIM FREE. NOT MAKE HIM DIE, FOR I HAVE FOUND A RANSOM FOR HIS LIFE. ' THEN HIS BODY WILL BECOME AS HEALTHY AS A CHILD 'S, FIRM AND YOUTHFUL AGAIN. WHEN HE PRAYS TO GOD, HE WILL BE ACCEPTED. AND GOD WILL RECEIVE HIM WITH JOY AND RESTORE HIM TO GOOD STANDING. HE WILL DECLARE TO HIS FRIENDS, 'I SINNED, BUT IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. GOD RESCUED ME FROM THE GRAVE, AND NOW MY LIFE IF FILLED WITH LIGHT. ' This proves that Job knew God as Christ, and preached about his redeeming work, even in his day. The special messenger Job speaks of is Christ, himself. Christ came down from heaven to declare to us his willingness to set us free by giving his life as a ransom for our sins. Because of this, we can be set free from the death sin brings, and given eternal life. With eternal life, the grave cannot hold us captive, we will be raised and taken to heaven. What a wonderful revelation!
  • pay attention to your dreams Acts 2 17 18 . God speaketh once, yea twice.
  • Patricia
    Not every dream is from God. But sometimes God speaks to us through dreams, we just need to be more sensitive to His leading.
  • Kelly W. for verse 19
    I look this scripture up and feel the same. However a accident happened and was healed. Know I ask God why I feel this way. I've been good to others and have praise God for his blessing even trouble times seek him. What have I not done. Even given Tithes.

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What type of man was Elihu?
  • A bad adviser
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  • A bad advisor.