Job 32
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Elihu’s Angry Response

1So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. a 2Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buziteb from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justifiedc himself rather than God. 3He was also angry at Job’s three friends because they had failed to refute him and yet had condemned him. d

4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were all older than he. 5But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.

6So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied:

I am young in years,

while you are old;

therefore I was timid and afraid

to telle you what I know.

7I thought that age should speak

and maturity should teach wisdom.

8But it is a spirit in manf

and the breathg of the Almighty

that give him understanding.

9It is not only the old who are wise

or the elderly who understand how to judge.

10Therefore I say, “Listen to me.

I too will declare what I know.”

11Look, I waited for your conclusions;

I listened to your insights

as you sought for words.

12I paid close attention to you.

Yet no one proved Job wrong;

not one of you refuted his arguments.

13So do not claim, “We have found wisdom;

let God deal with him, not man.”

14But Job has not directed his argument to me,

and I will not respond to him with your arguments.

15Job’s friends are dismayed and can no longer answer;

words have left them.

16Should I continue to wait now that they are silent,

now that they stand there and no longer answer?

17I too will answer; h

yes, I will tell what I know.

18For I am full of words,

and my spiriti compels me to speak. j

19My heartk is like unvented wine;

it is about to burst like new wineskins. l

20I must speak so that I can find relief;

I must open my lips and respond.

21I will be partial to no one, m

and I will not give anyone an undeserved title.

22For I do not know how to give such titles;

otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.

a. 32:1 Jb 10:7; 33:9; 34:5-6
b. 32:2 Gn 22:21; Jr 25:23
c. 32:2 Jb 33:32; Jr 3:11; Ezk 16:51-52
d. 32:3 Ancient Jewish tradition reads condemned God
e. 32:6 Jb 15:17; 36:2
f. 32:8 Or is the Spirit in a person
g. 32:8 Gn 2:7; Jb 33:4; Is 42:5
h. 32:17 Lit answer my part
i. 32:18 Lit and the spirit of my belly
j. 32:18 Jb 19:3; 32:18; Ac 4:20
k. 32:19 Lit belly
l. 32:19 Jb 15:35; 37:1; Pr 20:27,30
m. 32:21 Dt 10:17; Jb 13:8; 34:19
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