Job 33:16
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New International Version
he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,

New Living Translation
He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings.

English Standard Version
then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings,

New American Standard Bible
Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,

King James Bible
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He uncovers their ears at that time and terrifies them with warnings,

International Standard Version
That's when he opens the ear of mankind, authenticating his messages to them,

NET Bible
Then he gives a revelation to people, and terrifies them with warnings,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
he opens people's ears and terrifies them with warnings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
then he opens the ears of men and seals their instruction,

King James 2000 Bible
Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

American King James Version
Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

American Standard Version
Then he openeth the ears of men, And sealeth their instruction,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he openeth the ears of men, and teaching instructeth them in what they are to learn.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he openeth men's ears, and sealeth their instruction,

English Revised Version
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

World English Bible
Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

Young's Literal Translation
Then He uncovereth the ear of men, And for their instruction sealeth:
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 16. - Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction. At such times, Elihu holds, God gives men spiritual wisdom, instructs them, makes them understand his dealings with them and his purposes with respect to them. If Job is perplexed concerning the Almighty's ways with himself, and desires explanations, let him have his ear open to the Divine teaching on such occasions, and seriously lay it to heart. He will thus, it may be, find his perplexity diminished.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then he openeth the ears of men,.... Not the ears of his body, which remaining shut while things are presented to his mind in a dream or vision, but his internal ears; it is the same with opening the heart or understanding to attend to and receive the things delivered in this visionary way:

and sealeth their instruction; sends home the instruction given in this manner, and imprints it upon the mind, so that it is well remembered when awake, not only the dreams themselves, but the lessons taught and learnt there, as may be observed in the cases of Abimelech and Laban, Genesis 20:3; the word signifies "chastisement" (l) as well as instruction, that being one way in which God teaches and instructs men, Psalm 94:12; and so the sense may be, that God in a dream or vision makes it known to men, that if they regard not what he says to them, and repent not of their evils, and turn from them, he will correct and chastise them, and this he assures them of; and they may look for the certain performance of it, that he will visit their transgressions with a rod, and their iniquities with stripes; things that are sealed being sure and firm. Mr. Broughton renders the words, "and imprints why they are chastised."

(l) "disciplinam eorum", Tigurine version; "castigationem eorum", Beza, Vatablus, Drusius, Mercerus, Piscator, Michaelis, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Literally, "sealeth (their ears) to Himself by warnings," that is, with the sureness and secrecy of a seal He reveals His warnings [Umbreit]. To seal up securely (Job 37:7).

Job 33:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
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, 17That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;…
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.

Job 33:17
to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,

Job 36:10
He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

Job 36:15
But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.

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

Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

openeth. Heb. revealeth. or, uncovereth

Job 36:10,15 He opens also their ear to discipline, and commands that they return …

2 Samuel 7:27 For you, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed to your servant, …

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: …

Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and …

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your …

Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither …

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city …

sealeth

Nehemiah 9:38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and …

Romans 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this …

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