33 “Now please listen to what I have to say, Job. Listen to every word! 2 Look! I’ve begun to speak,[a] and I’m fashioning my words.[b] 3 I speak from the innocence[c] of my heart; and my lips will utter what I sincerely know.
4 “The spirit of God fashioned me; and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 5 Answer me, if you can! Present your case! Take your stand in my presence! 6 Look! As far as God is concerned,[d] I’m just like you are— I, too, have been pinched off from a piece of clay. 7 Don’t be afraid of me; I’ll go easy[e] on you.”
Elihu Reviews Job’s Claim for Innocence
8 “You spoke clearly so I could hear; I’ve heard what you’ve said: 9 ‘I’m pure. I’m without sin; I’m innocent. I’m harboring no iniquity inside of me. 10 Nevertheless, God[f] has found a pretext to attack me; he considers me his enemy. 11 He has bound my feet in shackles, and keeps watching everything I do.’”[g]
God Responds to Humanity’s Need
12 “You aren’t right about this; My response is that God is greater than human beings. 13 Why are you arguing with him? He doesn’t have to give explanations for what he does to you!
14 “God speaks time and time again[h]— but nobody notices— 15 in a dream or night vision, when a deep sleep falls on mankind while they sleep on their beds. 16 That’s when he opens the ear of mankind, authenticating his messages[i] to them, 17 turning a person from his actions, keeping him[j] from pride, 18 sparing his soul from the Pit[k] and his life from violent death.[l]
19 “He is being reproved by painful bed rest, with continual aching in his bones. 20 He cannot stand his food, and he[m] has no desire for appetizing food. 21 His flesh wastes away; his bones, which once couldn’t be seen, are visible. 22 His soul is getting close to the Pit;[n] his life is approaching its executioner.”
God Delivers through His Ransom
23 “If there’s a messenger[o] appointed to mediate for Job[p] —one out of a thousand— to represent the man’s integrity on his behalf, 24 to show favor to him and to plead, ‘Deliver him from having to go down to the Pit[q]— I know where his ransom is!’ 25 Let his flesh be rejuvenated[r] as he was in his youth! Let him recover the strength of his youth. 26 Let him pray to God and he will accept him; he will appear before him with joyful shouts!”
The Song of the Ransomed
27 “He’ll sing to mankind with these words:
‘I’ve sinned. I have twisted what is right. Yet he has not repaid me like I deserve.[s] 28 He has redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit;[t] my life will see the light.’
29 Indeed God does all these things again and again[u] with a person 30 to bring back his soul from the Pit;[v] to light him with the light of life.”
Elihu Invites Job to Respond
31 “Job, pay attention! Listen to me! Be silent and let me speak. 32 If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, because I’d be happy to vindicate you. 33 But if you have nothing to say, then at least listen to me! Be quiet and learn some wisdom from me.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Want to get the most out of Bible Gateway? Find out why Bible Gateway Plus is the ultimate toolkit for anyone seeking to grow closer to the Word. For less than the cost of a latte, Plus membership gives you access to a complete digital Bible study library and reduced banner ads. Try it free for 30 days!