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Job 32

1

Elihu

1 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.[a]

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.

22 for if I were skilled in flattery,
my Maker would soon take me away.

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;

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.

14

15

“They are dismayed and have no more to say;
words have failed them.

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[b] in a person,
the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

9 It is not only the old[c] who are wise,
not only the aged who understand what is right.

9

10

“Therefore I say: Listen to me;
I too will tell you what I know.

Footnotes:

a. Job 32:3 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition Job, and so had condemned God
b. Job 32:8 Or Spirit; also in verse 18
c. Job 32:9 Or many; or great
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