Job 32-34 New American Standard Bible

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Elihu Justifies His Right to Answer Job

32 1  Then these three men ceased answering Job , because he was righteous in his own eyes . 2  But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite , of the family of Ram burned ; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God . 3  And his anger burned against his three friends because e they had found no answer , and yet had condemned Job . 4  Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he. 5  And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned .

6  So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said , "I am young in years and you are old ; Therefore e I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think . 7  "I thought age should speak , And increased years should teach wisdom . 8  "But it is a spirit in man , And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding . 9  "The abundant in years may not be wise , Nor may elders understand justice . 10  "So I say , 'Listen to me, I too will tell what I think .' 11  "Behold , I waited for your words , I listened to your reasonings , While you pondered what to say . 12  "I even paid close attention to you; Indeed , there was no one who refuted Job , Not one of you who answered his words . 13  "Do not say , ' We have found wisdom ; God will rout him, not man .' 14  "For he has not arranged his words against me, Nor will I reply to him with your arguments .

15  "They are dismayed , they no longer answer ; Words have failed them. 16  "Shall I wait , because they do not speak , Because they stop and no longer answer ? 17  "I too will answer my share , I also will tell my opinion . 18  "For I am full of words ; The spirit within me constrains me. 19  "Behold , my belly is like unvented wine , Like new wineskins it is about to burst . 20  "Let me speak that I may get relief ; Let me open my lips and answer . 21  "Let me now be partial e to no one , Nor flatter any man . 22  "For I do not know how to flatter , Else my Maker would soon take me away.

Elihu Reproves Job

33 1  "However now, Job , please hear my speech , And listen to all my words . 2  "Behold now , I open my mouth , My tongue in my mouth speaks . 3  "My words are from the uprightness of my heart , And my lips speak knowledge sincerely . 4  "The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life . 5  " Refute me if you can ; Array yourselves before me, take your stand . 6  "Behold , I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay . 7  "Behold , no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.

8  "Surely you have spoken in my hearing , And I have heard the sound of your words : 9  'I am pure , without transgression ; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me. 10  'Behold , He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy . 11  'He puts my feet in the stocks ; He watches all my paths .' 12  "Behold , let me tell you, you are not right in this , For God is greater than man . 13  "Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings ?

14  "Indeed God speaks once , Or twice , yet no one notices it. 15  "In a dream , a vision of the night , When sound sleep falls on men , While they slumber in their beds , 16  Then He opens the ears of men , And seals their instruction , 17  That He may turn man aside from his conduct , And keep man from pride ; 18  He keeps back his soul from the pit , And his life from passing over into Sheol .

19  "Man is also chastened with pain on his bed , And with unceasing complaint in his bones ; 20  So that his life loathes bread , And his soul favorite food . 21  "His flesh wastes away from sight , And his bones which were not seen stick out. 22  "Then his soul draws near to the pit , And his life to those who bring death . 23  "If there is an angel as mediator for him, One out of a thousand , To remind a man what is right for him, 24  Then let him be gracious to him, and say , 'Deliver him from going down to the pit , I have found a ransom '; 25  Let his flesh become fresher than in youth , Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor ; 26  Then he will pray to God , and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy , And He may restore His righteousness to man . 27  "He will sing to men and say , 'I have sinned and perverted what is right , And it is not proper for me. 28  'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit , And my life shall see the light .'

29  "Behold , God does all these oftentimes e with men , 30  To bring back his soul from the pit , That he may be enlightened with the light of life . 31  "Pay attention , O Job , listen to me; Keep silent , and let me speak . 32  "Then if you have anything to say , answer me; Speak , for I desire to justify you. 33  "If not, listen to me; Keep silent , and I will teach you wisdom ."

Elihu Justifies God

34 1  Then Elihu continued and said , 2  "Hear my words , you wise men , And listen to me, you who know . 3  "For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food . 4  "Let us choose for ourselves what is right ; Let us know among ourselves what is good . 5  "For Job has said , ' I am righteous , But God has taken away my right ; 6  Should I lie concerning my right ? My wound is incurable , though I am without transgression .' 7  "What man is like Job , Who drinks up derision like water , 8  Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity , And walks with wicked men ? 9  "For he has said , ' It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God .'

10  "Therefore , listen to me, you men of understanding . Far be it from God to do wickedness , And from the Almighty to do wrong . 11  "For He pays a man according to his work , And makes him find it according to his way . 12  "Surely e , God will not act wickedly , And the Almighty will not pervert justice . 13  "Who gave Him authority over the earth ? And who has laid on Him the whole world ? 14  "If He should determine e to do so, If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath , 15  All flesh would perish together , And man would return to dust .

16  "But if you have understanding , hear this ; Listen to the sound of my words . 17  "Shall one who hates justice rule ? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One , 18  Who says to a king , 'Worthless one ,' To nobles , 'Wicked ones '; 19  Who shows no partiality e to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor , For they all are the work of His hands ? 20  "In a moment they die , and at midnight e People are shaken and pass away , And the mighty are taken away without a hand . 21  "For His eyes are upon the ways of a man , And He sees all his steps . 22  "There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23  "For He does not need to consider a man further , That he should go before God in judgment . 24  "He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry , And sets others in their place . 25  "Therefore He knows their works , And He overthrows them in the night , And they are crushed . 26  "He strikes them like the wicked In a public place , 27  Because e e they turned aside from following Him, And had no regard for any of His ways ; 28  So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted - 29  When He keeps quiet , who then can condemn ? And when He hides His face , who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man ?- 30  So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people .

31  "For has anyone said to God , 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore; 32  Teach me what I do not see ; If I have done iniquity , I will not do it again '? 33  "Shall He recompense on your terms , because you have rejected it? For you must choose , and not I; Therefore declare what you know . 34  "Men of understanding will say to me, And a wise man who hears me, 35  'Job speaks without knowledge , And his words are without wisdom . 36  'Job ought to be tried to the limit , Because he answers like wicked men . 37  'For he adds rebellion to his sin ; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God .' "

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