Job 32:20
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English Standard Version
I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

King James Bible
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

American Standard Version
I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will speak and take breath a little : I will open my lips, and will answer.

English Revised Version
I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 Behold, I waited upon your words,

Hearkened to your perceptions,

While ye searched out replies.

12 And I attended closely to you,

Yet behold: there was no one who refuted Job,

Who answered his sentences, from you.

13 Lest ye should say: "We found wisdom,

God is able to smite him, not man!"

14 Now he hath not arranged his words against me,

And with your sentences I will not reply to him.

He has waited for their words, viz., that they might give utterance to such words as should tend to refute and silence Job. In what follows, עד still more emphatically than ל refers this aim to that to which Elihu had paid great attention: I hearkened to your understandings, i.e., explanations of the matter, that, or whether, they came forth, (I hearkened) to see if you searched or found out words, i.e., appropriate words. Such abbreviated forms as אזין equals אאזין (comp. מזין equals מיזין for מעזין, Proverbs 17:4, Ges. 68, rem. 1, if it does not signify nutriens, from זוּן) we shall frequently meet with in this Elihu section. In Job 32:12, Job 32:12 evidently is related as an antecedent to what follows: and I paid attention to you (עדיכם contrary to the analogy of the cognate praep. instead of עדיכם, moreover for עליכם, with the accompanying notion: intently, or, according to Aben-Duran: thoroughly, without allowing a word to escape me), and behold, intently as I paid attention: no one came forward to refute Job; there was no one from or among you who answered (met successfully) his assertions. Every unbiassed reader will have an impression of the remarkable expressions and constructions here, similar to that which one has in passing from the book of the Kings to the characteristic sections of the Chronicles. The three, Elihu goes on to say, shall not indeed think that in Job a wisdom has opposed them - a false wisdom, indeed - which only God and not any man can drive out of the field (נדף, Arab. ndf, discutere, dispellere, as the wind drives away chaff or dry leaves); while he has not, however (ולא followed directly by a v. fin. forming a subordinate clause, as Job 42:3; Psalm 44:18, and freq., Ew. 341, a), arrayed (ערך in a military sense, Job 33:5; or forensic, Job 23:4; or even as Job 37:19, in the general sense of proponere) words against him (Elihu), i.e., utterances before which he would be compelled to confess himself affected and overcome. He will not then also answer him with such opinions as those so frequently repeated by them, i.e., he will take a totally different course from theirs in order to refute him.

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I will speak

Job 13:13,19 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will...

Job 20:2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

be refreshed. Heb. breathe. I will open

Proverbs 8:6,7 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things...

Cross References
Job 32:19
Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins ready to burst.

Job 32:21
I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.

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