Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job.
Job 33:1 Hear therefore, O Job, my speeches, and hearken to all my words. Job 33:2 Behold now I have opened my mouth, let my tongue speak within my jaws. Job 33:3 My words are from my upright heart, and my lips shall speak a pure sentence. Job 33:4 The spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gave me life. Job 33:5 If thou canst, answer me, and stand up against my face. Job 33:6 Behold God hath made me as well as thee, and of the same clay I also was formed. Job 33:7 But yet let not my wonder terrify thee, and let not my eloquence be burdensome to thee.
He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness.
Job 33:8 Now thou hast said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words: Job 33:9 I am clean, and without sin: I am unspotted, and there is no iniquity in me. Job 33:10 Because he hath found complaints against me, therefore he hath counted me for his enemy. Job 33:11 He hath put my feet in the stocks, he hath observed all my paths. Job 33:12 Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Job 33:13 Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words?
God calleth man to repentance by visions,
Job 33:14 God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the second time. Job 33:15 By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and they are sleeping in their beds: Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them in what they are to learn. Job 33:17 That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may deliver him from pride. Job 33:18 Rescuing his soul from corruption: and his life from passing to the sword.
Job 33:19 He rebuketh also by sorrow in the bed, and he maketh all his bones to wither. Job 33:20 Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired. Job 33:21 His flesh shall be consumed away, and his bones that were covered shall be made bare. Job 33:22 His soul hath drawn near to corruption, and his life to the destroyers.
and by his ministry.
Job 33:23 If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among thousands, to declare man's uprightness, Job 33:24 He shall have mercy on him, and shall say: Deliver him, that he may not go down to corruption: I have found wherein I may be merciful to him. Job 33:25 His flesh is consumed with punishments, let him return to the days of his youth. Job 33:26 He shall pray to God, and he will be gracious to him: and he shall see his face with joy, and he will render to man his justice. Job 33:27 He shall look upon men, and shall say: I have sinned, and indeed I have offended, and I have not received what I have deserved. Job 33:28 He hath delivered his soul from going into destruction, that it may live and see the light. Job 33:29 Behold, all these things God worketh three times within every one. Job 33:30 That he may withdraw their souls from corruption, and enlighten them with the light of the living.
He inclineth Job to attention.
Job 33:31 Attend, Job, and hearken to me, and hold thy peace, whilst I speak. Job 33:32 But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak: for I would have thee to appear just. Job 33:33 And if thou have not, hear me: hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.