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Elihu’s appeal to be heard
1But now, listen to me, Job;
pay attention to all my words.
2Notice that I am opening my mouth;
my tongue is speaking in my mouth.#Or palate
3My words come from a virtuous heart;
my lips speak knowledge clearly.
4God’s spirit made me;
the Almighty’s breath enlivens me.
5If you are able, answer me;
lay out your case#Heb lacks your case. before me and take a stand.
6Notice that I’m just like you to God;
I also was pinched from clay.
7Surely fear of me shouldn’t scare you;
my pressure on you shouldn’t be heavy.
The argument
8You certainly said in my hearing;
I heard the sound of your words:
9"I’m pure, without sin;
I’m innocent, without offense.
10Notice that he invents arguments against me;
he considers me his enemy,
11ties up my feet,
watches all my paths."
12Now you’re wrong about this; I’ll answer you,
for God is greater than anybody.
13Why do you contend with him,
saying that he doesn’t answer all your words?#Or his words
14God speaks in one way,
in two ways, but no one perceives it.
15In the dream, a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls upon humans,
during their slumber on a bed,
16then he opens people’s ears,
scares them with warnings,
17to turn them from a deed
and to smother human pride.
18He keeps one from the pit,
a life from perishing by the sword.
19Or a person may be disciplined by pain
while in bed, bones ever aching
20until a person loathes food,
an appetite rejects a delicacy;
21the flesh wastes away, no longer visible;
the bones, once hidden, protrude.
22A life approaches the pit;
its very being draws near the death dealers.
23Surely there’s a messenger for this person,
a mediator, one out of a thousand
to declare one’s integrity to another
24so that God has compassion on that person and says,
"Rescue this one from going down to the pit;
I have found a ransom."
25That person’s flesh is renewed like a child’s;
they regain their youth.
26They pray to God, and God is pleased with them;
they behold God’s presence
with a joyful shout.
God rewards a person’s righteousness.
27They sing before people and say:
"I have sinned, perverted justice,
but didn’t experience the consequences.
28He ransomed me from crossing into the pit;
my life beholds light."
29Look, God does all this,
twice, three times with persons
30to bring them back from the pit,
to shine with life’s light.
31Listen, Job; hear me;
be quiet, and I will speak.
32If you have words, answer me;
speak, for I want to be innocent.
33If not, you must hear me;
be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
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