Job 32 New International Version

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Elihu Justifies His Right to Answer Job

32 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2  But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 3  He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.[1] 4  Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 5  But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

6  So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. 7  I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.' 8  But it is the spirit[2] in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. 9  It is not only the old[3] who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right. 10  "Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know. 11  I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words, 12  I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments. 13  Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.' 14  But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.

15  "They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them. 16  Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply? 17  I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know. 18  For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; 19  inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. 20  I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. 21  I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone; 22  for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

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Footnotes

[1] 32:3 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "Job, and so had condemned God"

[2] 32:8 Or "Spirit" ; also in verse 18

[3] 32:9 Or "many" ; or "great"

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