Job 33

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This is a very complete and wondrous chapter. It is Elihu's first word to Job, speaking to him as for God, of God, from God.
Ver. 1-5. His confidence and conscious authority, as from God; “not as the Scribes,” or as Job's friends.
8-13. After a pause—after this preface, he begins his address, rebuking and exposing Job. This is as the Gospel deals with us. (See John 4)
14. He states man's natural stupidness and insensibility touching God.
15-22. He shows God using the plow—of a dream, of a striking providence, of bodily pain or sickness—in order to break up such fallow ground. And such is the work to this day. (See Acts.)
23.-24. The sower comes after the plowman. (See Acts.) The seed is the Gospel. Ransom is provided of God, deliverance is brought to the sinner.
25-26. The condition of the believer.
27-28. A more rapid action on the sinner by the Spirit; an interpreter not used, as in Matt. 9:99And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. (Matthew 9:9). This is so still, as well as the cases in ver. 15-22.
29-30. Elihu tells Job these are samples of God's way in saving souls.
31-33. He asks Job at the last as at the first, had he anything to say.