Job's three friends now fell silent. They were talked out, stymied because Job wouldn't budge an inch - wouldn't admit to an ounce of guilt.
Then Elihu lost his temper. (Elihu was the son of Barakel the Buzite from the clan of Ram.) He blazed out in anger against Job for pitting his righteousness against God's.
He was also angry with the three friends because they had neither come up with an answer nor proved Job wrong.
Elihu had waited with Job while they spoke because they were all older than he.
But when he saw that the three other men had exhausted their arguments, he exploded with pent-up anger.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)