Job 32 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Elihu's Angry Response

1 So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.a 2 Then 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. 3 He was also angry at Job's three friends because they had failed to refute [him], and yet had condemned him. 4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were [all] older than he. 5 But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry. 6 So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old;d therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.e 7 I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom. 8 But it is a spirit in manf and the breath of the Almightyg that give him understanding. 9 It is not [only] the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge. 10 Therefore I say, "Listen to me. I too will declare what I know." 11 Look, I waited for your conclusions; I listened to your insights as you sought for words. 12 I paid close attention to you. Yet no one proved Job wrong; not one of you refuted his arguments. 13 So do not claim, "We have found wisdom; let God deal with him, not man." 14 But Job has not directed his argument to me, and I will not respond to him with your arguments.h 15 Job's friends are dismayed and can no longer answer; words have left them. 16 Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand [there] and no longer answer? 17 I too will answer;i yes, I will tell what I know. 18 For I am full of words, and my spiritj compels me [to speak].k 19 My heartl is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like new wineskins.m 20 I must speak so that I can find relief; I must open my lips and respond. 21 I will be partial to no one,n and I will not give anyone an [undeserved] title. 22 For I do not know how to give [such] titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.
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