Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became indignant. His indignation was kindled against Job because he justified himself rather than God .
Also against three friends was anger kindled, because they had found no answer , and yet they had declared him to be in the wrong .
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because the others were older than he.
But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.
Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite said, I am young, and you are aged; for that reason I was timid and restrained and dared not declare my opinion to you.
I said, Age should speak, and a multitude of years should teach wisdom .
But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives men understanding.
It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.
So I say, Listen to me; I also will give you my opinion and my knowledge.
You see, I waited for your words, I listened to your wise reasons, while you searched out what to say.
Yes, I paid attention to what you said, and behold, not one of you convinced Job or made replies to his words .
Beware lest you say, We have found wisdom; God thrusts down , not man .
Now has not directed his words against me , neither will I answer him with speeches like yours.
are amazed and embarrassed, they answer no more; they have not a thing to say .
And shall I wait, because they say nothing but stand still and answer no more?
I also will answer my part; I also will declare my opinion and my knowledge.
For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me.
My breast is as wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
I must speak, that I may get relief and be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.
I will not be influenced by respect for any man's person and show partiality, neither will I flatter any man.
For I know not how to flatter, my Maker would soon take me away.
Summary: April Fool’s Day. Brash young Elihu is angry at Job and his friends for their inactivity. And he sees the extravagant, "foolish" mercy of God that foreshadows God’s forgiveness in Christ, "foolishly" spending His life for us.
Summary: Elihu listened to Job as long as he could, but finally erupted with the contention that Job had too little faith, was too hypocritical, did not know how to cry out to God to ask for help with his needs, and offered no witness.