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Job 32 (Common English Bible)

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Introduction of Elihu

1 These three men stopped answering Job because he thought he was righteous.a 2 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the clan of Ram was angry, angry with Job because he considered himself more righteous than God. 3 He was also angry with his three friends because they hadn't found an answer but nevertheless thought Job wicked. 4 Elihu had waited while Job spoke, for they were older than he. 5 When Elihu saw that there had been no response in the speeches of the three men, he became very angry.

Elihu’s justification for speaking

6 Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite said: I'm young and you're old, so I held back, afraid to express my opinion to you. 7 I thought, Let days speak; let multiple years make wisdom known. 8 But the spirit in a person, the Almighty's breath, gives understanding. 9 The advanced in days aren't wise; the old don't understand what's right. 10 Therefore, I say: "Listen to me; I'll state my view, even I." 11 Look, I waited while you spoke, listened while you reasoned, while you searched for words. 12 I was attentive to you, but you offered no rebuke to Job, no answer from you for his words. 13 Be careful you don't say, "We've found wisdom; God, not a person, will defeat him." 14 Now Jobb hasn't addressed me, and I won't quote you to him. 15 They are troubled, no longer answer; words now escape them. 16 I waited, but they didn't speak, for they stood but answered no more. 17 I will answer. Indeed, I will statec my piece; I too will declare my view, 18 for I'm full of words. The spirit in my belly compels me. 19 Look, my belly is like unopened wine; like new wineskins it will burst. 20 I will speak and get relief; I will open my lips and respond. 21 I won't be partial to anyone, won't flatter a person; 22 for I don't know flattery; otherwise my maker would quickly whisk me away.
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