Job 33 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 33


Job 33:1

Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear my speech, And hearken to all my words.

Job 33:2

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

Job 33:3

My words [shall utter] the uprightness of my heart; And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.

Job 33:4

The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life.

Job 33:5

If thou canst, answer thou me; Set [thy words] in order before me, stand forth.

Job 33:6

Behold, I am toward God even as thou art: I also am formed out of the clay.

Job 33:7

Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, Neither shall my pressure be heavy upon thee.

Job 33:8

Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying],

Job 33:9

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

Job 33:10

Behold, he findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for his enemy:

Job 33:11

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

Job 33:12

Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

Job 33:13

Why dost thou strive against him, For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?

Job 33:14

For God speaketh once, Yea twice, [though man] regardeth it not.

Job 33:15

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

Job 33:16

Then he openeth the ears of men, And sealeth their instruction,

Job 33:17

That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, And hide pride from man;

Job 33:18

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

Job 33:19

He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, And with continual strife in his bones;

Job 33:20

So that his life abhorreth bread, And his soul dainty food.

Job 33:21

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

Job 33:22

Yea, his soul draweth near unto the pit, And his life to the destroyers.

Job 33:23

If there be with him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand, To show unto man what is right for him;

Job 33:24

Then [God] is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.

Job 33:25

His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s; He returneth to the days of his youth.

Job 33:26

He prayeth unto God, and he is favorable unto him, So that he seeth his face with joy: And he restoreth unto man his righteousness.

Job 33:27

He singeth before men, and saith, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it profited me not:

Job 33:28

He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit, And my life shall behold the light.

Job 33:29

Lo, all these things doth God work, Twice, [yea] thrice, with a man,

Job 33:30

To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

Job 33:31

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

Job 33:32

If thou hast anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify thee.

Job 33:33

If not, hearken thou unto me: Hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.

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