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Job 33 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Elihu Continues: Listen, Job

33 “Please, Job, listen to my words
    and consider everything I say.
I’ve opened my mouth.
    The words are on the tip of my tongue.
My words are straight from the heart,
    and I sincerely speak the knowledge that is on my lips.

“The Ruach El has made me.
    The breath of Shadday gives me life.
Answer me if you can.
    Present your case to me, and take your stand.
Indeed, I stand in front of El as you do.
    I, too, was formed from a piece of clay.
You certainly don’t need to be terrified of me.
    I won’t put too much pressure on you.

God Doesn’t Have to Answer You, Job

“But you spoke directly to me,
    and I listened to your words.
You said, ‘I’m pure—without any rebellious acts against God.
    I’m clean; I have no sin.
10 God is only looking for an excuse to attack me.
    He considers me his enemy.
11 He puts my feet in the stocks and watches all my paths.’
12 You aren’t right about this!
    I’ve got an answer for you:
        Eloah is greater than any mortal.
13 Why do you quarrel with him
    since he doesn’t answer any questions?

Two Ways God Warns People

14 El speaks in one way,
    even in two ways without people noticing it:
15 In a dream, a prophetic vision at night,
    when people fall into a deep sleep,
        when they sleep on their beds,
16 he opens people’s ears
    and terrifies them with warnings.
17 He warns them to turn away from doing wrong
    and to stop being arrogant.[a]
18 He keeps their souls from the pit
    and their lives from crossing the River of Death.
19 In pain on their sickbeds, they are disciplined
    with endless aching in their bones
20 so that their whole being hates food
    and they lose their appetite for a delicious meal.
21 Their flesh becomes so thin that it can’t be seen.
    Their bones, not seen before, will be exposed.
22 Their souls approach the pit.
    Their lives come close to those already dead.

A Third Way God Warns People

23 “If they have a messenger for them,
    a spokesman, one in a thousand,
    to tell people what is right for them,
24 then he will have pity on them and say,
    ‘Free them from going into the pit.
        I have found a ransom.’
25 Then their flesh will become softer than a child’s.
    They will go back to the days of their youth.
26 They will pray to Eloah, who will be pleased with them.
    They will see Eloah’s face and shout for joy
        as he restores their righteousness.[b]
27 Each one sings in front of other people and says,
    ‘I sinned and did wrong instead of what was right,
        and it did me no good.
28 The messenger has freed my soul from going into the pit,
    and my life will see the light.’
29 Truly, El does all this two or three times with people
30 to turn their souls away from the pit
    and to enlighten them with the light of life.

Pay Attention, Job

31 “Pay attention, Job! Listen to me!
    Keep quiet, and let me speak.
32 If you have a response, answer me.
    Speak, because I’d be happy if you were right.
33 If not, you listen to me.
    Keep quiet, and I’ll teach you wisdom.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 33:17 Or “and cover a person’s pride.”
  2. Job 33:26 Or “restores them to his righteousness.”
Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Job 33 New International Version (NIV)

33 “But now, Job, listen to my words;
    pay attention to everything I say.
I am about to open my mouth;
    my words are on the tip of my tongue.
My words come from an upright heart;
    my lips sincerely speak what I know.
The Spirit of God has made me;
    the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Answer me then, if you can;
    stand up and argue your case before me.
I am the same as you in God’s sight;
    I too am a piece of clay.
No fear of me should alarm you,
    nor should my hand be heavy on you.

“But you have said in my hearing—
    I heard the very words—
‘I am pure, I have done no wrong;
    I am clean and free from sin.
10 Yet God has found fault with me;
    he considers me his enemy.
11 He fastens my feet in shackles;
    he keeps close watch on all my paths.’

12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right,
    for God is greater than any mortal.
13 Why do you complain to him
    that he responds to no one’s words[a]?
14 For God does speak—now one way, now another
    though no one perceives it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
    when deep sleep falls on people
    as they slumber in their beds,
16 he may speak in their ears
    and terrify them with warnings,
17 to turn them from wrongdoing
    and keep them from pride,
18 to preserve them from the pit,
    their lives from perishing by the sword.[b]

19 “Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain
    with constant distress in their bones,
20 so that their body finds food repulsive
    and their soul loathes the choicest meal.
21 Their flesh wastes away to nothing,
    and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.
22 They draw near to the pit,
    and their life to the messengers of death.[c]
23 Yet if there is an angel at their side,
    a messenger, one out of a thousand,
    sent to tell them how to be upright,
24 and he is gracious to that person and says to God,
    ‘Spare them from going down to the pit;
    I have found a ransom for them
25 let their flesh be renewed like a child’s;
    let them be restored as in the days of their youth’
26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him,
    they will see God’s face and shout for joy;
    he will restore them to full well-being.
27 And they will go to others and say,
    ‘I have sinned, I have perverted what is right,
    but I did not get what I deserved.
28 God has delivered me from going down to the pit,
    and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’

29 “God does all these things to a person
    twice, even three times
30 to turn them back from the pit,
    that the light of life may shine on them.

31 “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me;
    be silent, and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me;
    speak up, for I want to vindicate you.
33 But if not, then listen to me;
    be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 33:13 Or that he does not answer for any of his actions
  2. Job 33:18 Or from crossing the river
  3. Job 33:22 Or to the place of the dead
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