Elihu Justifies His Right to Answer Job
32 1 And these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then was kindled the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his anger kindled, because he justified himself rather than God; 3 and against his three friends was his anger kindled, because they found no answer, and [yet] condemned Job. 4 But Elihu had waited till Job had finished speaking, because they were older than he. 5 And Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger was kindled.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are aged; wherefore I was timid, and feared to shew you what I know. 7 I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom. 8 But there is a spirit which is in man; and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment. 10 Therefore I say, Hearken to me; I also will shew what I know. 11 Lo, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasonings, until ye searched out what to say. 12 Yea, I gave you mine attention, and behold, there was none of you that confuted Job, that answered his words; 13 That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; God will make him yield, not man. 14 Now he hath not directed [his] words against me; and I will not answer him with your speeches. ...
15 They were amazed, they answered no more; words failed them. 16 And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;— 17 I will answer, I also in my turn, I also will shew what I know: 18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; like new flasks, it is ready to burst. 20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer. 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man. 22 For I know not how to flatter; my Maker would soon take me away.
Elihu Reproves Job
33 1 Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear mine utterances, and hearken to all my words. 2 Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaketh in my palate, 3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart, and my lips shall utter knowledge purely. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 5 If thou canst, answer me; array [thy words] before me: take thy stand. 6 Behold, before God I am as thou; I also am formed out of the clay. 7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, nor my burden be heavy upon thee.
8 Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words:— 9 I am clean without transgression; I am pure, and there is no iniquity in me; 10 Lo, he findeth occasions of hostility against me, he counteth me for his enemy; 11 He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. 12 Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right; for +God is greater than man. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
14 For God speaketh once, and twice,—[and man] perceiveth it not— 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth men's ears, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man [from his] work, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and with constant strife in his bones; 20 And his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food; 21 His flesh is consumed away from view, and his bones that were not seen stick out; 22 And his soul draweth near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his duty; 24 Then he will be gracious unto him, and say, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. 25 His flesh shall be fresher than in childhood; he shall return to the days of his youth. 26 He shall pray unto +God, and he will receive him with favour; and he shall see his face with shoutings, and he will render unto man his righteousness. 27 He will sing before men, and say, I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it hath not been requited to me; 28 He hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light.
29 Lo, all these [things] worketh God twice, thrice, with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living. 31 Mark well, Job, hearken unto me; be silent, and I will speak. 32 If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee. 33 If not, hearken thou unto me; be silent, and I will teach thee wisdom.
Elihu Justifies God
34 1 Moreover Elihu answered and said, 2 Hear my words, ye wise [men]; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge. 3 For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth food. 4 Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good! 5 For Job hath said, I am righteous, and God hath taken away my judgment: 6 Should I lie against my right? My wound is incurable without transgression. 7 What man is like Job? he drinketh up scorning like water, 8 And goeth in company with workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men. 9 For he hath said, It profiteth not a man if he delight himself in God.
10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: Far be wickedness from God, and wrong from the Almighty! 11 For a man's work will he render to him, and cause every one to find according to [his] way. 12 Yea, surely, God acteth not wickedly, and the Almighty perverteth not judgment. 13 Who hath entrusted to him the earth? and who hath disposed the whole world? 14 If he only thought of himself, [and] gathered unto him his spirit and his breath, 15 All flesh would expire together, and man would return to the dust.
16 If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: give ear to the voice of my words! 17 Should he that hateth right indeed govern? and wilt thou condemn the All-just? 18 Shall one say to a king, Belial? to nobles, Wicked? 19 [How then to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich man more than the poor? for they are all the work of his hands. 20 In a moment they die, even at midnight the people are convulsed and pass away; and the strong are taken away without hand. 21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his steps. 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23 For he doth not long consider a man, to bring him before God in judgment. 24 He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquiry, and setteth others in their stead; 25 Since he knoweth their actions; and he overthroweth [them] in the night, and they are crushed. 26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others, 27 Because they have turned back from him, and would consider none of his ways; 28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted. 29 When he giveth quietness, who then will disturb? and when he hideth [his] face, who shall behold him? and this towards a nation, or towards a man alike; 30 That the ungodly man reign not, that the people be not ensnared.
31 For hath he said unto God, I bear [chastisement], I will not offend; 32 What I see not, teach thou me; if I have done wrong, I will do so no more? 33 Shall he recompense according to thy mind? for thou hast refused [his judgment]; for thou so choosest, and not I; speak then what thou knowest. 34 Men of understanding will say to me, and a wise man who heareth me: 35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were not with intelligence. 36 Would that Job may be tried unto the end, because of [his] answers after the manner of evil men! 37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth his words against God.