Elihu Claims to Speak for God
1 "However now, Job, please hear R881 my speech,
And listen to all my words.
2 "Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue in my mouth F387 speaks.
3 "My words are from the uprightness of my heart,
And my lips speak knowledge R882 sincerely.
4 "The Spirit R883 of God has made me,
And the breath R884 of the F388 Almighty gives me life.
5 "Refute R885 me if you can;
Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
6 "Behold, I belong to God like you;
I too have been formed F389 out of the clay. R886
7 "Behold, no R887 fear of me should terrify you,
Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words:
9 `I am pure, R888 without R889 transgression;
I am innocent and there is R890 no guilt in me.
10 `Behold, He invents F390 pretexts against me;
He counts R891 me as His enemy.
11 `He puts R892 my feet in the stocks;
He watches all my paths.'
12 "Behold, let me tell F391 you, you R893 are not right in this,
For God is greater than man.
13 "Why do you complain R894 against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?
14 "Indeed God R895 speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
15 "In a dream, R896 a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
16 Then He R897 opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
17 That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
And keep F392 man from pride;
18 He keeps R898 back his soul from the pit,
And his life from passing F393 over into R899 Sheol.
19 "Man F394 is also chastened with pain R900 on his bed,
And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
20 So that his life loathes R901 bread,
And his soul favorite food.
21 "His flesh R902 wastes away from sight,
And his bones R903 which were not seen stick out.
22 "Then his R904 soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those who bring death.
23 "If there is an angel as mediator R905 for him,
One out of a thousand,
To remind a man what is right F395 for him,
24 Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
`Deliver him from going R906 down to the pit,
I have found a ransom'; R907
25 Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
26 Then he will pray R908 to God, and He will accept him,
That he R909 may see His face with joy,
And He may restore His righteousness to man.
27 "He will sing to men and say,
`I have R910 sinned and perverted what is right,
And it is not proper R911 for me.
28 `He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit,
And my life shall see R912 the light.'
29 "Behold, God does all R913 these oftentimes F396 with men,
30 To bring R914 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 you F397 have anything to say, answer me;
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 "If not, listen R915 to me;
Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."
F387: Lit palate
F388: Hebrew Shaddai
F389: Lit cut out of
F390: Lit finds
F391: Lit answer
F392: Lit hide
F393: M.T. perishing by the sword
F394: Lit He
F395: Lit his uprightness
F396: Lit twice, three times
F397: Lit there are words
R881: Job 1:13:6
R882: Job 1:6:28; 27:4; 36:4
R883: Genesis 2:7; Job 1:10:3; 32:8
R884: Job 1:27:3
R885: Job 1:33:32
R886: Job 1:4:19
R887: Job 1:13:21
R888: Job 1:9:21; 10:7; 13:18; 16:17
R889: Job 1:7:21; 13:23; 14:17
R890: Job 1:10:14
R891: Job 1:13:24
R892: Job 1:13:27
R893: Ecclesiastes 7:20
R894: Job 1:40:2; Isaiah 45:9
R895: Job 1:33:29; 40:5; Psalms 62:11
R896: Job 1:4:12-17; 33:15-18
R897: Job 1:36:10,15
R898: Job 1:33:22,24,28,30
R899: Job 1:15:22
R900: Job 1:30:17
R901: Job 1:3:24; 6:7; Psalms 107:18
R902: Job 1:16:8
R903: Job 1:19:20; Psalms 22:17; 102:5
R904: Job 1:33:18,28
R905: Genesis 40:8
R906: Job 1:33:18,28; Isaiah 38:17
R907: Job 1:36:18; Psalms 49:7
R908: Job 1:22:27; 34:28; Psalms 50:14,15
R909: Job 1:22:26
R910: 2 Samuel 12:13; Luke 15:21
R911: Romans 6:21
R912: Job 1:22:28
R913: Ephesians 1:11; Philippians 2:13
R914: Job 1:33:18; Zechariah 9:11
R915: Psalms 34:11