If not, hearken to me
If he had no objection to make, nor answer to return, then he desires he would attend and listen to what he had further to lay before him:
hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
For though Job was a wise and good man, he might become wiser and more knowing; and indeed when instruction is given to a wise man, he will be yet wiser, ( Proverbs 9:9 ) ; and this may be received sometimes from persons inferior in age and abilities. Elihu proposed to teach him, as he did, natural, moral, and evangelical wisdom, especially the wisdom of God in his providential dealings with men, and what is man's highest wisdom under them; which is to be reconciled unto them, and patiently to submit, and to fear the Lord, and be careful not to offend him, which to do is wisdom and understanding.