Elihu Rebukes Job
1“But now, please hear my speeches,#Or “my sentences,” or “what I have to say” Job,
and hear#Or “give ear to” all my words.
2Please look, I open my mouth;
my tongue in my mouth speaks.
3My words declare my heart’s uprightness,
and my lips sincerely speak what my lips know.#Literally “the knowledge of my lips”
4The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of Shaddai gives life to me.
5“If you are able, answer me.
Present your argument before me;#Literally “to the face of me” take your stand.
6Look, before God I am like you;#Literally “I am like your mouth”
I myself was also formed from clay.
7Look, dread of me should not terrify you,
and my hand will not be heavy upon you.
8“Surely you have spoken in my ears,
and I have heard the sound of your words:#Or “sentences,” or “what you say”
9‘I am clean, without transgression;
I am pure, and there is no guilt in me.
10Look, he finds fault against me;
he reckons me as his enemy;
11he puts my feet in the block;
he watches all my paths.’
12“Look, in this you are not right—I will answer you:
Indeed, God is greater than a human being.
13Why do you contend against him,
that he will not answer all a person’s words?
14Indeed, God speaks in one way,
even#Hebrew “and” in two,#Or “time and again” (NJPS, HCSB) yet someone does not perceive it.
15“In a dream, a vision of the night,
when a deep sleep falls on men slumbering on their bed,
16then he opens the ear of men,
and he frightens them with a warning#Literally “with their warning he frightens”
17to turn human beings aside from their deeds,
and he keeps man from pride.
18He spares his life from the pit
and his life from passing over the river of death.
19“And he is reproved with pain on his bed,
even#Hebrew “and” with the strife of his bones continually,
20so that#Hebrew “and” his life loathes bread,
and his inner self#Or “soul” loathes appetizing food.#Literally “food of desire”
21His flesh is wasted away from sight,
and his bones, which are invisible, are bared.
22And he#Literally “his inner self/soul” draws near to the pit
and his life to the killers.
23“If there is a messenger beside him, a mediator, one of a thousand,#That is, “unique,” or “one of a kind”
to declare to a human being his uprightness
24so that#Hebrew “and” he is gracious to him, and he says,
‘Deliver him from descending into the pit;
I have found a ransom.’
25His flesh is renewed with his youth;
he returns to the days of his youthful strength.
26He prays to God, then he accepts him,
and he sees his face with a shout of joy,
and he repays to the human being his righteousness.
27“He will sing to men, and he will say,
‘I have sinned and have perverted what is right,
and it was not paid back to me.
28He redeemed my life from going down into the pit,
so#Hebrew “and” I will enjoy the light.’#Literally “my life in the light will see”
29Look, God does all these things
twice, three times#Or “time and again,” or “oftentimes” (NASB, NASU), or “several times” with a person
30to bring his life back from the pit
so that he may enjoy the light of life.#Literally “to be lighted with the light of the life”
31“Listen attentively, Job; listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
32If you have anything to say,#Literally “If there are words,” or “If there are sentences” answer me;#Literally “return to me”
speak, for I desire to justify you.#Literally “your righteousness”
33If not, you listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”