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Job 32

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.(1) 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.

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(2) in a man,
     the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
9 It is not only the old(3) who are wise,
     not only the aged who understand what is right.
10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me;
     I too will tell you what I know.
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 refute him, not man.'
14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me,
     and I will not answer him with your arguments.
15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say;
     words have failed them.
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 partiality to no one,
     nor will I flatter any man;
22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

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(2) in a man,
     the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
9 It is not only the old(3) who are wise,
     not only the aged who understand what is right.
10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me;
     I too will tell you what I know.
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 refute him, not man.'
14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me,
     and I will not answer him with your arguments.
15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say;
     words have failed them.
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 partiality to no one,
     nor will I flatter any man;
22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

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