Elihu's Angry Response

1 So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.a

References for Job 32:1

    • a 32:1 - Jb 13:18; 34:5-6
      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.

      References for Job 32:2

        • b 32:2 - Gn 22:21
        • c 32:2 - Jb 33:32; Jr 3:11; Ezk 16:51-52
          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

          References for Job 32:6

            • d 32:6 - Jb 12:12; 15:10; 29:8
            • e 32:6 - Jb 15:17; 36:2
              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.

              References for Job 32:8

                • f 32:8 - Or is the Spirit in a person
                • g 32:8 - Jb 33:4; 34:14; Gn 2:7; Isa 42:5
                  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

                  References for Job 32:14

                    • h 32:14 - Jb 15:3; 16:4
                      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.

                      References for Job 32:17

                        • i 32:17 - Lit answer my part
                          18 For I am full of words, and my spiritj compels me [to speak].k

                          References for Job 32:18

                            • j 32:18 - Lit and the spirit of my belly
                            • k 32:18 - Jr 20:9; Ac 4:20
                              19 My heartl is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like new wineskins.m

                              References for Job 32:19

                                  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.

                                  References for Job 32:21

                                    • n 32:21 - Jb 13:8,10; Lv 19:15; Jms 2:1-4
                                      22 For I do not know how to give [such] titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.