Job 32:16
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English Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?

King James Bible
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

American Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken : they stood, and answered no more :

English Revised Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, because they stand still, and answer no more?

Webster's Bible Translation
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 Still the spirit, it is in mortal man,

And the breath of the Almighty, that giveth them understanding.

9 Not the great in years are wise,

And the aged do not understand what is right.

10 Therefore I:say: O hearken to me,

I will declare my knowledge, even I.

The originally affirmative and then (like אוּלם) adversative אכן also does not occur elsewhere in the book of Job. In contradiction to biblical psychology, Rosenm. and others take Job 32:8 as antithetical: Certainly there is spirit in man, but ... . The two halves of the verse are, on the contrary, a synonymous ("the spirit, it is in man, viz., that is and acts") or progressive parallelism) thus according to the accents: "the spirit, even that which is in man, and ... "). It is the Spirit of God to which man owes his life as a living being, according to Job 33:4; the spirit of man is the principle of life creatively wrought, and indeed breathed into him, by the Spirit of God; so that with regard to the author it can be just as much God's רוּח or נשׁמה, Job 34:14, as in respect of the possessor: man's רוח or נשׁמה. All man's life, his thinking as well as his bodily life, is effected by this inwrought principle of life which he bears within him, and all true understanding, without being confined to any special age of life, comes solely from this divinely originated and divinely living spirit, so far as he acts according to his divine origin and basis of life. רבּים are here (as the opposite of צעירים, Genesis 25:23) grandes equals grandaevi (lxx πολυχρόνιοι). לא governs both members of the verse, as Job 3:10; Job 28:17; Job 30:24. Understanding or ability to form a judgment is not limited to old age, but only by our allowing the πνεῦμα to rule in us in its connection with the divine. Elihu begs a favourable hearing for that of which he is conscious. דּע, and the Hebr.-Aramaic הוּה, which likewise belong to his favourite words, recur here.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 13:5 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Cross References
Job 32:15
"They are dismayed; they answer no more; they have not a word to say.

Job 32:17
I also will answer with my share; I also will declare my opinion.

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