April 28, 2022 Read Together

April 28, 2022 Read Together

April 28, 2022

Job 33

Elihu’s appeal to be heard

But now, listen to me, Job;
        pay attention to all my words.
Notice that I am opening my mouth;
    my tongue is speaking in my mouth.
My words come from a virtuous heart;
    my lips speak knowledge clearly.
God’s spirit made me;
    the Almighty’s breath enlivens me.
If you are able, answer me;
    lay out your case before me and take a stand.
Notice that I’m just like you to God;
    I also was pinched from clay.
Surely fear of me shouldn’t scare you;
    my pressure on you shouldn’t be heavy.

The argument

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

Job 34 

Elihu continued:

Hear my words, wise ones;
        knowledgeable ones, listen to me,
    for the ear tests words
        like the palate tastes food.
Let’s choose for us what’s right;
    let’s determine among ourselves what’s good;
    for Job has said, “I’m innocent;
        God has denied my just cause;
    because of my cause I’m thought a liar;
        my wound from an arrow is incurable, even though I didn’t rebel.”
Who is a man like Job?
    He drinks mockery like water
    and travels a path with wrongdoers,
        walking with evil persons.
Indeed he said, “No one is rewarded
    for delighting in God.”
10 Therefore, intelligent ones, hear me;
    far be it from God to do evil
    and the Almighty to sin,
11     for he repays people based on what they do,
        paying back everyone according to their ways.
12 Surely God doesn’t act wickedly;
    the Almighty doesn’t distort justice.
13 Who placed earth in his care,
    and who gave him dominion over the entire world?
14 If he were to decide to do it—
    to gather his spirit and breath back to himself—
15         all flesh would die together,
        and humans would return to dust.
16 But if you have understanding, hear this;
    pay attention to the sound of my words.

17 Will one who hates justice rule;
    will you condemn the most righteous one?
18 Will you say to a king, “Worthless!”
    to royalty, “Evil!”

19 Who shows no favor to princes
        nor regards the rich over the poor,
    for they are all the work of God’s hands?
20     In the middle of the night they suddenly die;
        people are shaken and pass away.
    The mighty are removed, not by a human hand.
21 God’s eyes are on human ways,
    and he sees all their steps.
22 There’s no darkness, no deep darkness,
    where evildoers can hide themselves;
23     surely no time is set for a person
    to appear before God in judgment.
24 He shatters the mighty without examining them;
    makes others take their place.
25 Thus he regards their deeds,
    overturns them at night, and they are crushed.
26 He strikes them because of their wickedness
    at a place where people can see it.
27 Because they turned from following him
        and didn’t value all his ways,
28         causing the cry of the poor to reach him,
    he hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 Still, if he remains quiet, who can condemn;
    if he hides his face, who can see him?
30 He prevents a lawless person from ruling,
    from capturing people.

31 Has Job said to God,
    “I have borne punishment; I won’t sin again?
32 You teach me what I can’t see;
    if I’ve sinned, I won’t do it again.”
33 Will he repay you because you reject sin,
    for you must choose, not I;
    declare what you know.
34 Smart people say to me,
        the wise who hear me,
35     “Job speaks without knowledge;
        his words aren’t astute.”
36 I wish Job would be tested to the limit
    because he responds like evil people.
37 He adds rebellion to his sin;
    mocks us openly
    and adds to his words against God.


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