Job

Book of Job. Chapter 32

   

1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes.

2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God.

3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and [yet] had condemned Job.

4 Now because they [were] years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job.

5 When Elihu saw that [there was] no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.

6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: "I [am] young in years, and you [are] very old; Therefore I was afraid, And dared not declare my opinion to you.

7 I said, 'Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

8 But [there is] a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

9 Great men are not [always] wise, Nor do the aged [always] understand justice.

10 "Therefore I say, 'Listen to me, I also will declare my opinion.'

11 Indeed I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.

12 I paid close attention to you; And surely not one of you convinced Job, [Or] answered his words --

13 Lest you say, 'We have found wisdom'; God will vanquish him, not man.

14 Now he has not directed [his] words against me; So I will not answer him with your words.

15 " They are dismayed and answer no more; Words escape them.

16 And I have waited, because they did not speak, Because they stood still [and] answered no more.

17 I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion.

18 For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me.

19 Indeed my belly [is] like wine [that] has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins.

20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

21 Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man.

22 For I do not know how to flatter, [Else] my Maker would soon take me away.

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