Job's three friends refused to reply further to him because he kept insisting on his innocence.
Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram, became angry. He was angry because Job refused to admit that he had sinned and that God was right in punishing him.
He was also angry with Job's three friends because they had condemned God a by their inability to answer Job's arguments.
Elihu had waited for the others to speak because they were older than he.
But when he saw that they had no further reply, he spoke out angrily.
Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said, "I am young and you are old, so I held back and did not dare to tell you what I think.
I thought, 'Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.'
Surely it is God's Spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.
But sometimes the elders are not wise. Sometimes the aged do not understand justice.
So listen to me and let me express my opinion.
"I have waited all this time, listening very carefully to your arguments, listening to you grope for words.
I have listened, but not one of you has refuted Job or answered his arguments.
And don't tell me, 'He is too wise for us. Only God can convince him.'
If Job had been arguing with me, I would not answer with that kind of logic!
You sit there baffled, with no further response.
Should I continue to wait, now that you are silent? Must I also remain silent?
No, I will say my piece. I will speak my mind. I surely will.
For I am pent up and full of words, and the spirit within me urges me on.
I am like a wine cask without a vent. My words are ready to burst out!
I must speak to find relief, so let me give my answers.
I won't play favorites or try to flatter anyone.
And if I tried, my Creator would soon do away with me.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)