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Job 32 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 1 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; 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 angry also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the 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 Now Eli'hu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.
5 And when Eli'hu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
6 And Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite answered: "I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. 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 said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.' 7 I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. 8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.
9 It is not the old that are wise, nor the aged that understand what is right. 9 It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
10 Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.' 10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.
11 "Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say. 11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,
12 I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none that confuted Job, or that answered his words, among you. 12 I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.
13 Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man.' 13 Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not man.'
14 He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches. 14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.
15 "They are discomfited, they answer no more; they have not a word to say. 15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.
16 And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more? 16 Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?
17 I also will give my answer; I also will declare my opinion. 17 I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.
18 For I am full of words, the spirit within me constrains me. 18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;
19 Behold, my heart is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst. 19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
20 I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. 20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.
21 I will not show partiality to any person or use flattery toward any man. 21 I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;
22 For I do not know how to flatter, else would my Maker soon put an end to me. 22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.