Job 33:15
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New International Version
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,

New Living Translation
He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds.

English Standard Version
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,

New American Standard Bible
"In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,

King James Bible
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on their beds,

International Standard Version
in a dream or night vision, when a deep sleep falls on mankind while they sleep on their beds.

NET Bible
In a dream, a night vision, when deep sleep falls on people as they sleep in their beds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In a dream, a prophetic vision at night, when people fall into a deep sleep, when they sleep on their beds,

Jubilee Bible 2000
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

King James 2000 Bible
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

American King James Version
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumberings on the bed;

American Standard Version
In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falleth upon men, In slumberings upon the bed;

Douay-Rheims Bible
By a dream in a vision by night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, and they are sleeping in their beds :

Darby Bible Translation
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

English Revised Version
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

Webster's Bible Translation
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

World English Bible
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed;

Young's Literal Translation
In a dream -- a vision of night, In the falling of deep sleep on men, In slumberings on a bed.
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 15. - In a dream, in a vision of the sight. So God spoke to Abimelech (Genesis 20:3-7), to Jacob (Genesis 31:11), to Laban (Genesis 31:24), to Joseph (Genesis 38:5, 9), to the Pharaoh whom Joseph served (Genesis 41:1-7), to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5), to Daniel (Daniel 2:19), to Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:28; Daniel 4:5-18), and to many others. Sometimes men recognized such visions as Divine communications; but sometimes, probably quite as often, they regarded them as mere dreams, fancies, phantasies, unworthy of any attention. Elihu seems to hold that Divine visions came only when deep sleep falleth upon men; and similarly Eliphaz, in Job 4:13. This method of revelation seems to belong especially to the more primitive times, and the earlier stages of God's dealings with men. In the New Testament dreams scarcely form any part of the economy of grace. In slumberings upon the bed. A pleonastic addition, which must not be regarded as diminishing from the force of the precedent clause.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In a dream, in a vision of the night,.... That is, God speaks to men in this way, and which in those times was his most usual way; see Job 4:12; sometimes he spake to a prophet, a person in public office, and made known his mind and will in this manner to him, that he might deliver it to others, Numbers 12:6; and sometimes directly and immediately to persons themselves, as he did to Abimelech and Laban, Genesis 20:3;

when deep sleep lieth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; the former denotes a fast, heavy, and sound sleep, when the senses are all locked up, and there is not the least attention to any outward object; the latter a slight sleep, when a man is between sleeping and waking; and now at such a time, when he was laid on his bed in the night season, it was usual for God to come to him in a visionary way, and impress things on his mind; when it was called off front worldly and earthly thoughts and cares, and was calm and serene, and so fit to receive what intimations and instructions might be given this way; see Psalm 4:4. Job had his dreams and night visions, though he seems not to have had any benefit by them, or to have understood them, but was scared and terrified with them, Job 7:14; to which Elihu may have some respect.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. slumberings—light is opposed to "deep sleep." Elihu has in view Eliphaz (Job 4:13), and also Job himself (Job 7:14). "Dreams" in sleep, and "visions" of actual apparitions, were among the ways whereby God then spake to man (Ge 20:3).

Job 33:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
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, 16Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,…
Cross References
Matthew 2:12
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 27:19
While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."

Genesis 15:12
As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

Genesis 46:2
And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied.

Job 4:12
"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.

Job 4:13
Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on people,

Daniel 2:1
In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

Daniel 2:19
During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven
Treasury of Scripture

In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumberings on the bed;

a dream

Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,

Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, …

Genesis 31:24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to …

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Daniel 4:5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and …

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

deep

Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and, …

Daniel 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face …

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