Job 32:1
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New International Version
So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

New Living Translation
Job's three friends refused to reply further to him because he kept insisting on his innocence.

English Standard Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

New American Standard Bible
Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

King James Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Christian Standard Bible
So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Contemporary English Version
Finally, these three men stopped arguing with Job, because he refused to admit he was guilty.

Good News Translation
Because Job was convinced of his own innocence, the three men gave up trying to answer him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

International Standard Version
These three men stopped responding to Job, because he was claiming to be righteous, in his own opinion.

NET Bible
So these three men refused to answer Job further, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

New Heart English Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These three men stopped answering Job because Job thought he was righteous.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

New American Standard 1977
Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So these three men ceased to answer Job because he was righteous in his own eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

American King James Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

American Standard Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just to himself.

Darby Bible Translation
And these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

English Revised Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

World English Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
And these three men cease from answering Job, for he is righteous in his own eyes,
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
1Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2But 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.…
Cross References
Job 10:7
'According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.

Job 13:18
"Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.

Job 27:5
"Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

Job 27:6
"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.

Job 31:6
Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.
Treasury of Scripture

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

to answer. Heb. from answering. righteous

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my …

Job 10:2,7 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me…

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my …

Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered …

Job 27:4-6 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit…

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Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there …

XXXII.

(1) So these three men ceased.--The next six chapters are taken up with the reply of a fourth person not before mentioned, but who appears to have been present during the discussion, and who is described as Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram. The name appears to mean, He is my God. The person from whom he was descended seems to have been the son of Nahor, Abraham's brother (Genesis 22:21); and a city of the like name is mentioned in Jeremiah 25:23. There is a Ram mentioned in Ruth 4:19, who was the great grandson of Judah; but we can hardly suppose this was the Ram of whose kindred Elihu was. On the other hand, we have no clue to the identification; for even if, with some, we suppose him to have been the same as Aram, the son of Kemuel, and great nephew of Abraham, it is not easy to see how a descendant of Buz, his uncle, should have been described as of the kindred of Ram. One tradition identifies Ram with Abraham, but this is mere conjecture, and in this case highly improbable; the only inference we can draw is that this specification of Elihu serves to show that he was a real, and not an imaginary, personage. The Targum speaks of Elihu as a relative of Abraham. If we are right in putting the life of Elihu so far back, the whole position and surroundings of Job's history become the more probable, because what is told us of Abraham and the patriarchs corresponds with the description and character of Job; and then, also, the traditional Mosaic origin of the Book of Job becomes the more probable.

Because he was righteous in his own eyes.--This appears from Job 3:26; Job 6:10; Job 6:29; Job 10:7; Job 13:15; Job 19:6, &c., Job 23:7; Job 23:10-12; Job 27:6; Job 29:12, &c.

Verses 1-5. - The discourse of Elihu is prefaced by a short introduction in plain prose, explaining who he was, and giving the reasons which actuated him in coming forward at this point of the dialogue. Verse 1. - So these three men ceased to answer Job. Zophar had been silenced earlier. Eliphaz and Bildad now felt that they had no more to say. They had exhausted the weapons of their armoury without any effect, and were conscious that nothing would be gained by mere reiteration. All their efforts had aimed at convincing Job of sin; and he was still unconvinced - he remained righteous in his own eyes. So these three men ceased to answer Job,.... His three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, who came to visit and comfort him under his afflictions; but unawares were led into a controversy with him, occasioned by some rash and impatient expressions of his; which controversy had been carried on between them a considerable time, but now dropped; they grew weary of it, and now rested themselves as men do on a sabbath, as the word signifies; they set themselves down, and made no reply to Job's vindication of himself, not caring to give themselves any further trouble, or labour the point any more and longer, perceiving it was all to no purpose: or "and these three men ceased", &c. the last words of the preceding chapter are, "the words of Job are ended", Job 31:40; and the copulative "and" connects these with them, and shows that these men also had done speaking; so that the dispute was closed between Job and them, and the way was clear for another disputant that might think fit to enter, as Elihu did, after mentioned

because he was righteous in his own eyes; some take this to express the state of the question between them, rendering the words, "that he was righteous", &c. (f). The notion his friends had of him was, that he was righteous in his own account, and as he professed to be, and might so seem to others; but was a wicked man, and an hypocrite, as his afflictions showed; this point they had been labouring to prove, but, upon Job's long and clear vindication of his integrity, they ceased to defend it: others suppose the words to be an inference of Job's from their silence: "therefore he was righteous", &c. they making no reply to him, he concluded himself to be quit and clear of the charge they had brought against him; but they rather, according to our version, contain a reason why they ceased to answer him; because they thought him self-conceited, self-willed, obstinate, and incorrigible; not open to conviction, stiffly insisting on his own innocence, not allowing that he was guilty of any sin or sins, which were the cause of his afflictions; otherwise, in the article of justification before God, Job was no self-righteous man, nor was he so charged by his friends; to say he was is to abuse his character, and is contrary to that which God himself has given of him; nor would he have so highly commended him as to suggest there was none like him on earth, when of all men in the world there are none more abominable to God than a self-righteous man; see Isaiah 65:4. It is contrary to Job's knowledge of and faith in Christ, as his living Redeemer, Job 19:25; and to many clear and strong expressions, confessing his sin, disclaiming perfection, and declaring himself no self-justiciary, Job 7:20.

(f) "quod ille (tantum) justus in oculis suis", Schmidt. CHAPTER 32

Job 32:1-37:24. Speech of Elihu.

1-6. Prose (poetry begins with "I am young").

because, etc.—and because they could not prove to him that he was unrighteous.32:1-5 Job's friends were silenced, but not convinced. Others had been present. Elihu was justly displeased with Job, as more anxious to clear his own character than the justice and goodness of God. Elihu was displeased with Job's friends because they had not been candid to Job. Seldom is a quarrel begun, more seldom is a quarrel carried on, in which there are not faults on both sides. Those that seek for truth, must not reject what is true and good on either side, nor approve or defend what is wrong.
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