1 Wherefore, Iob, I pray thee, heare my talke and hearken vnto all my wordes.
2 Beholde now, I haue opened my mouth: my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
3 My words are in the vprightnesse of mine heart, & my lippes shall speake pure knowledge.
4 TheI confess the power of God, and am one of his, therefore you should hear me.Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5 If thou canst giue me answere, prepare thy selfe and stand before me.
6 Behold, I [am] according to thy wish inBecause Job had wished to dispute his cause with God, (Job_16:21) so that he might do it without fear, Elihu says, he will reason in God's stead, whom he does not need to fear.God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my handI will not handle you so roughly as these others have done.be heavy upon thee.
8 Doubtles thou hast spoken in mine eares, and I haue heard the voyce of thy wordes.
9 I amHe repeats Job's words, by which he protested his innocency in various places, but especially in the 13th, 16th and 30th chapters.clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
10 Lo, he hath found occasions against me, and counted me for his enemie.
11 He hath put my feete in the stockes, and looketh narrowly vnto all my paths.
12 Behold, in this hast thou not done right: I will answere thee, that God is greater then man.
13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth notThe cause of his judgments is not always declared to man.account of any of his matters.
14 For God speakethThough God by various examples of his judgments speak to man, yet the reason for it is not known, yea and though God should speak yet is he not understood.once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in aGod, he says, speaks commonly, either by visions to teach us the cause of his judgments, of else by affliction or by his messenger.vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, andThat is, determined to send on them.sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hideHe shows for why God sends afflictions: to beat down man's pride, and to turn from evil.pride from man.
18 And keepe backe his soule from the pit, & that his life should not passe by the sword.
19 He is also striken with sorow vpon his bed, and the griefe of his bones is sore,
20 So that hisThat is, his painful and miserable life.life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh faileth that it can not be seene, and his bones which were not seene, clatter.
22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his lifeTo them that will bury him.to the destroyers.
23 If there be aA man sent from God to declare his will.messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand,A singular man, and as one chosen out of a thousand, who is able to declare the great mercies of God to sinners: and in which man's righteousness stands, which is through the justice of Jesus Christ.to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he isHe shows that it is a sure token of God's mercy toward sinners, when he causes his word to be preached to them.gracious unto him, and saith,That is, the minister will by the preaching of the word pronounce to him the forgiveness of his sins.Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25 His flesh shall beHe will feel God's favour and rejoice; declaring by this in which stands the true joy of the faithful, and that God will restore him to health, which is a token of his blessing.fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man hisGod will forgive his sins, and accept him as just.righteousness.
27 He looketh upon men, and [if any] say, I have sinned, andThat is, done wickedly.perverted [that which was] right, and it profitedBut my sins have been the cause of God's wrath toward me.me not;
28 God will forgive the penitent sinner.He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these [things] worketh GodMeaning, as often as a sinner repents.oftentimes with man,
30 That he may turne backe his soule from the pit, to be illuminate in the light of the liuing.
31 Marke well, O Iob, and heare me: keepe silence, and I will speake.
32 If thou hast anyIf you doubt anything, or see opportunity to speak against it.thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire toThat is, to show you, in which mans justification consists.justify thee.
33 If thou hast not, heare me: holde thy tongue, and I will teach thee wisedome.