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Job 32 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Job's three friends now fell silent. They were talked out, stymied because Job wouldn't budge an inch - wouldn't admit to an ounce of guilt. 1 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then Elihu lost his temper. (Elihu was the son of Barakel the Buzite from the clan of Ram.) He blazed out in anger against Job for pitting his righteousness against God's. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.
3 He was also angry with the three friends because they had neither come up with an answer nor proved Job wrong. 3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.
4 Elihu had waited with Job while they spoke because they were all older than he. 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.
5 But when he saw that the three other men had exhausted their arguments, he exploded with pent-up anger. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
6 This is what Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, said: "I'm a young man, and you are all old and experienced. That's why I kept quiet and held back from joining the discussion. 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.
7 I kept thinking, 'Experience will tell. The longer you live, the wiser you become.' 7 I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
8 But I see I was wrong - it's God's Spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible. 8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
9 The experts have no corner on wisdom; getting old doesn't guarantee good sense. 9 It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
10 So I've decided to speak up. Listen well! I'm going to tell you exactly what I think. 10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.
11 "I hung on your words while you spoke, listened carefully to your arguments. While you searched for the right words, 11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,
12 I was all ears. And now what have you proved? Nothing. Nothing you say has even touched Job. 12 I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.
13 And don't excuse yourselves by saying, 'We've done our best. Now it's up to God to talk sense into him.' 13 Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not man.'
14 Job has yet to contend with me. And rest assured, I won't be using your arguments! 14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.
15 "Do you three have nothing else to say? Of course you don't! You're total frauds! 15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.
16 Why should I wait any longer, now that you're stopped dead in your tracks? 16 Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?
17 I'm ready to speak my piece. That's right! It's my turn - and it's about time! 17 I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.
18 I've got a lot to say, and I'm bursting to say it. 18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;
19 The pressure has built up, like lava beneath the earth. I'm a volcano ready to blow. 19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
20 I have to speak - I have no choice. I have to say what's on my heart, 20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.
21 And I'm going to say it straight - the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 21 I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;
22 I was never any good at bootlicking; my Maker would make short work of me if I started in now! 22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.