Job 32 NIV

Elihu

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

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      2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.

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      3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.a

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        • “ 32:3 - Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "Job, and so had condemned God"
          4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.

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          5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
          6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: “I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.

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          7 I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’

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          8 But it is the spiritb in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

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            • ” 32:8 - Or "Spirit" ; also in verse 18
              9 It is not only the oldc who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.

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                • • 32:9 - Or "many" ; or "great"
                  10 “Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.

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                  11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,
                  12 I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.

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                      13 Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.’

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                      14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.

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                      15 “They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.

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                          16 Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?
                          17 I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.

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                          18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;

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                          19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.

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                          20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.

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                          21 I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;

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                          22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

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