Job 32 English Standard Version

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Elihu Justifies His Right to Answer Job

32 1  So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2  Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. 3  He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. 4  Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. 5  And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.

6  And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: "I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. 7  I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.' 8  But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. 9  It is not the old[1] who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right. 10  Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.' 11  "Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say. 12  I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words. 13  Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.' 14  He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches.

15  "They are dismayed; they answer no more; they have not a word to say. 16  And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more? 17  I also will answer with my share; I also will declare my opinion. 18  For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me. 19  Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins ready to burst. 20  I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. 21  I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person. 22  For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.

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[1] 32:9 Hebrew many [in years]

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