Job 32 (English Standard Version)

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Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends

1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was 1righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then Elihu the son of Barachel 2the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself 3rather than God. 3 He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had 4declared Job to be in the wrong. 4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger. 6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: "I am young in years, and you are 5aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. 7 I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.' 8 But it is 6the spirit in man, 7the breath of the Almighty, that makes him 8understand. 9 9It is not the olda who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right. 10 Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.' 11 "Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say. 12 I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words. 13 Beware 10lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.' 14 He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches. 15 "They are dismayed; they answer no more; they have not a word to say. 16 And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more? 17 I also will answer with my share; I also will declare my opinion. 18 For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me. 19 Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent; like new 11wineskins ready to burst. 20 12I must speak, that I may find 13relief; I must open my lips and answer. 21 I will not 14show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person. 22 For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.
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