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

New Living Translation
He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride.

English Standard Version
that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man;

New American Standard Bible
That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;

King James Bible
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
in order to turn a person from his actions and suppress his pride.

International Standard Version
turning a person from his actions, keeping him from pride,

NET Bible
to turn a person from his sin, and to cover a person's pride.

New Heart English Bible
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[He warns them] to turn away from doing [wrong] and to stop being arrogant.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That men may put away their purpose, And that He may hide pride from man;

New American Standard 1977
That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
            And keep man from pride;

Jubilee Bible 2000
that he may withdraw the man from his own work and cover the man from pride.

King James 2000 Bible
That he may turn man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

American King James Version
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

American Standard Version
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, And hide pride from man;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he may withdraw a man from the things he is doing, and may deliver him from pride.

Darby Bible Translation
That he may withdraw man [from his] work, and hide pride from man.

English Revised Version
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man;

Webster's Bible Translation
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

World English Bible
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

Young's Literal Translation
To turn aside man from doing, And pride from man He concealeth.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
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; 18He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.…
Cross References
Job 33:16
Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,

Job 33:18
He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.
Treasury of Scripture

That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

withdraw

Job 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

Genesis 20:6 And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in …

Isaiah 23:9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, …

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make …

Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, …

Acts 9:2-6 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if …

purpose. Heb. work. hide

Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers knew …

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to …

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Daniel 4:30-37 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

(17) From his purpose.--Rather, That He may witharaw man from carrying out his evil actions, and may remove that pride from man which he secretly cherishes. This is the main point of Elihu's teaching: that the purposes of God are disciplinary, to keep man from the sin which otherwise he would be prone to commit. In this way Job might have been a righteous man, and yet be justly chastened lest he should prove unrighteous.

Verse 17. - That he (i.e. God) may withdraw man from his purpose; literally, from his work, assumed to be a wrongful work. Elihu regards the Divine teaching through visions as intended to elevate and purify men. Sometimes God so works upon them as to make them abandon an evil course on which they had entered. Sometimes his object is to save them from indulgence in an evil temper into which, without his help, they might have fallen. In this latter case he may occasionally hide pride from man. Elihu, perhaps, thinks that Job is unduly proud of his integrity. That he may withdraw a man from his purpose,.... Or "work" (m), his wicked work, as the Targum; either which he has begun upon, or which he designed to do. Thus Abimelech and Laban were restrained from their intentions by a divine admonition in a dream, the one from taking Abraham's wife, as he intended, and the other from doing harm to Jacob, which he designed:

and hide pride from man; by pardoning his sins, in which there is always pride, so some; pardon of sin being expressed by covering it, Psalm 32:1; or rather by repressing, weakening, and preventing it; and that by not suffering vain and proud men to perform their enterprises, but obliging them to submit to the will of God, and humble themselves under his mighty hand. These are the ends proposed, and which are effected through the Lord speaking to men in dreams, opening their ears, and sending instructions to them; and others also for their good follow.

(m) "opere", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, &c. 17. purpose—Margin, "work." So Job 36:9. So "business" in a bad sense (1Sa 20:19). Elihu alludes to Job's words (Job 17:11). "Pride," an open "pit" (Job 33:18) which God hides or covers up, lest man should fall into it. Even the godly need to learn the lesson which trials teach, to "humble themselves under the mighty hand of God."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!
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