Verse 33. "If not " - Then I will proceed: listen carefully, keep silence, and I will teach thee what true wisdom is. Job was silent; none of his friends chose to intermeddle farther; and in the next chapter Elihu addresses both Job and them. THERE are some various readings in the MSS. and versions on certain words in the concluding verses of this chapter, which it will be necessary to mention, as they, if adopted, will lead to a somewhat different paraphrase to that given, especially of ver. 26-28. Ver. 26. For wtqdx tsidkatho, HIS righteousness, one MS. and the Chaldee have wtqdxk ketsidkatho, ACCORDING to his righteousness. Ver. 28. For w¨pn naphsho, HIS soul, which is the keri reading, and that which our translation has followed, y¨pn MY soul is the reading of many MSS., early editions, the Complutensian, Antwerp, and London Polyglots, the Jerusalem Targum, the Chaldee, the Vulgate, and Coverdale. For wtyj chaiyatho, HIS life, many MSS., early editions, the Complutensian, Antwerp, and London Polyglots, the Jerusalem Targum, Chaldee, Vulgate, and Coverdale, read ytyj chaiyathi, MY life. Both of these are properly the kethib or textual readings in the best editions, but are directed by the Masora to be changed for the keri readings, or those inserted in the margin. For hart rwab baor tireh, SHALL SEE the light, six of Kennicott's and Deuteronomy Rossi's MSS. have hyht tihyeh, and twenty-one have rwak caor, thus hyht rwak caor tihiyeh, SHALL BE AS the light. The whole verse, by these various readings, will stand thus: - "He will deliver MY soul from going into the pit, and MY life SHALL BE AS the light." But if, with the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic, we read hdp padah, in the imperative mood, then the verse will read thus: - "DELIVER THOU MY SOUL from going down to the pit, and MY life SHALL BE AS the light." On the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th, verses, the following paraphrase has been recommended. Ver. 26. He (Jesus Christ, the head and ransom price) shall pray unto God, (shall make intercession for the transgressors, for he is the Mediator between God and man.) And he (God the Father) will be favourable, ( whxry yirtsehu, will manifest his good will towards him.) And he shall see his face ( wynp panaiv, his faces, God the Father, Son, and Spirit) with joy, ( h[wrtb bithruah, with exultation or triumph,) for he will render unto man his righteousness, ( ytqdx ¨wnal b¨w yasheb leenosh tsidkatho, "He will restore to wretched man his righteousness;" i.e., he will create the soul anew, and restore to the fallen spirit that righteousness and true holiness which it has lost, and bring it again to its original state of perfection, through the grand atonement mentioned ver. 24.) But when is it that wretched miserable man shall be brought to this state of salvation? This is answered in Ver. 27. When God, looking upon men, seeth any of them saying, I have sinned and perverted that which is right, and it hath profited me nothing-has afforded nothing equal to my wishes, and the tribulation which I sustained in seeking happiness in forbidden things. Redeem my soul from going down to destruction, and my life shall see the light, or shall be as the light. This is the prayer of the penitent, which God has promised to hear. This is one of the best, the deepest, the most spiritual, and most important chapters which the reader has yet met with in the Book of Job. It is every way important, and full of useful information. It is a grand exhibition of the WAY of salvation as revealed to patriarchs and prophets.