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Job 32 (New International Version)

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Elihu

1 So these three men stopped answering Job,1 because he was righteous in his own eyes.2 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite,3 of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself4 rather than God.5 3 He was also angry with the three friends,6 because they had found no way to refute Job,7 and yet had condemned him.a8 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.9 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;10 that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. 7 I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'11 8 But it is the spiritb12 in a man, the breath of the Almighty,13 that gives him understanding.14 9 It is not only the oldc who are wise,15 not only the aged16 who understand what is right.17 10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me;18 I too will tell you what I know.19 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.20 13 Do not say, 'We have found wisdom;21 let God refute22 him, not man.' 14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me,23 and I will not answer him with your arguments. 15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.24 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.25 18 For I am full of words, and the spirit26 within me compels me;27 19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.28 20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.29 21 I will show partiality30 to no one,31 nor will I flatter any man;32 22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker33 would soon take me away.34
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