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Job 32

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