Job 33:14
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New International Version
For God does speak--now one way, now another-- though no one perceives it.

New Living Translation
For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.

English Standard Version
For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.

New American Standard Bible
"Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it.

King James Bible
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it.

International Standard Version
"God speaks time and time again — but nobody notices—

NET Bible
"For God speaks, the first time in one way, the second time in another, though a person does not perceive it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God speaks in one way, even in two ways without people noticing it:

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless, in one or two manners God speaks to the one who does not see.

King James 2000 Bible
For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.

American King James Version
For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not.

American Standard Version
For God speaketh once, Yea twice, though man regardeth it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God speaketh once, and repeateth not the selfsame thing the second time.

Darby Bible Translation
For God speaketh once, and twice, -- [and man] perceiveth it not --

English Revised Version
For God speaketh once, yea twice, though man regardeth it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God speaketh once, yes twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

World English Bible
For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.

Young's Literal Translation
For once doth God speak, and twice, (He doth not behold it.)
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:14-18 God speaks to us by conscience, by providences, and by ministers; of all these Elihu discourses. There was not then, that we know of, any Divine revelation in writing, though now it is our principal guide. When God designs men's good, by the convictions and dictates of their own consciences, he opens the heart, as Lydia's, and opens the ears, so that conviction finds or forces its way in. The end and design of these admonitions are to keep men from sin, particularly the sin of pride. While sinners are pursuing evil purposes, and indulging their pride, their souls are hastening to destruction. That which turns men from sin, saves them from hell. What a mercy it is to be under the restraints of an awakened conscience!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - For God speaketh once, yea twice. God has his own ways of speaking to man, which are not those that Job has been expecting. He speaks silently and secretly, not in thunders and lightnings, as at Sinai (Exodus 19:16-20), not by extraordinary theophanies, but nevertheless quite as effectually. Yet man perceiveth it not. Man often does net recognize God's action in this silent teaching of his. Man wants something more startling, more sensational. In our Lord's time, the Jews demanded "a sign" - "a sign from heaven;" but no sign of the kind was given them. Job now did not understand that God, whom he called upon to answer him (Job 10:2; Job 13:22; Job 23:5, etc.), was already speaking to him in various ways - by his judgments, by thoughts suggested inwardly to his heart, by the dreams and visions whereof he complained (Job 7:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For God speaketh once, yea, twice,.... Or, "but God speaketh" (i); though he is not bound to give an account of his matters, and the reasons of his proceedings in a way of providence or grace; yet such is his condescension and goodness, that he makes use of various ways and means to make known his mind and will in his dispensations, if men were but attentive to them; he speaks once, in dreams and visions, as in Job 33:15; and twice, or a second time, by chastisements, as in Job 33:18; or he speaks frequently, again and again, see Psalm 62:11; gives line upon line, and precept upon precept; if one way is without effect, he will take another; and if one warning and admonition is not sufficient, he will give another; so that though he is a sovereign Being, and not accountable to any, yet he does not act the unkind and unfriendly part Job had suggested:

yet man perceiveth it not: the voice of God speaking in one way or another; hearkens not to the admonition given in a dream or vision, nor hears the chastising rod, and him that has appointed it; he is deaf to all instructions; he understands not the mind and meaning of God in his dispensations; which is not owing to want of means of knowledge, but to the blindness and ignorance of his mind, to dulness of hearing, to negligence and inattention, and to the prevalence of sin and corruption: the words, "yet man", are a supplement to the text, and not in it, and some versions are without it, and understand the whole of God, rendering the words thus, "God speaketh once, and a second time he does not repeat it"; so the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions: or "does not revise it", or "will not see it" (k); to which agrees the Targum,

"and a second time he needs not to look upon it;''

and which rendering, as it suits with the context, so is more agreeable to the accents; but is differently applied, by some to the sufficiency of the word of God, that God has at once made known all truth, and there is no need to do it a second time; but certain it is, that God did at sundry times, and in divers manners, speak unto the fathers by the prophets; though indeed in these last days he hath spoken at once all his mind and will by his Son, so that no future revelation is to be expected; but though this is true now, it was not in the times of Elihu: by others it is referred to God's dealings with a proud man, that calls him to an account for his actions, to whom he speaks once, and reproves him for his boldness; but a second time he will not look at him, nor bear his pride and insolence: and by others to the unalterable decrees and purposes of God; what he has said or determined in his eternal mind is done at once, and remains invariably fixed; he has no need to look over a second time, or revise his first thoughts and designs, or reconsider them, whether it is proper to make any alteration in them or not, they are at once so wisely formed; and he has all things before him in one view in his all comprehending mind, so that there cannot possibly anything turn up unforeseen by him, to hinder the execution of his purposes, or cause him to make any change in them; no new thoughts, resolutions, or purposes, can arise in his mind, with whom there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning. This agrees well with his sovereignty, expressed in Job 33:13, and carries in it a strong reason enforcing what is there said. Though some take the meaning to be this, that God speaks once to a man, and admonishes and reproves him as he used to do, in the way expressed in the following verse; and if he regards it not, he do not speak to him a second time in that way, or no more by words, but now by blows or chastisements.

(i) "sed", Beza, Piscator. (k) "secundo non revidet", Schmidt & Maius apud Michaelis; "et secunda vice non videbit illud", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Translate, "Yet, man regardeth it not"; or rather, as Umbreit, "Yea, twice (He repeats the warning)—if man gives no heed" to the first warning. Elihu implies that God's reason for sending affliction is because, when God has communicated His will in various ways, man in prosperity has not heeded it; God therefore must try what affliction will effect (Joh 15:2; Ps 62:11; Isa 28:10, 13).

Job 33:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
13"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings? 14"Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it. 15"In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,…
Cross References
Genesis 46:2
And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied.

Job 33:29
"God does all these things to a person-- twice, even three times--

Job 40:5
I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."

Psalm 62:11
One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: "Power belongs to you, God,

Daniel 7:1
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
Treasury of Scripture

For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not.

God

Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will …

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

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2 Chronicles 33:10 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen.

Proverbs 1:24,29 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing …

Mark 8:17,18 And when Jesus knew it, he said to them, Why reason you, because …

Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that …

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

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