So these three men stopped answering Job,1 because he was righteous in his own eyes.22
But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite,3 of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself4 rather than God.53
He was also angry with the three friends,6 because they had found no way to refute Job,7 and yet had condemned him.a84
Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.95
But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
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.
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'118
But it is the spiritb12 in mortals, the breath of the Almighty,13 that gives them understanding.149
It is not only the oldc who are wise,15 not only the aged16 who understand what is right.1710
"Therefore I say: Listen to me;18 I too will tell you what I know.1911
I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,
I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.2013
Do not say, 'We have found wisdom;21 let God refute22 him, not a mere mortal.'
But Job has not marshaled his words against me,23 and I will not answer him with your arguments.
"They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.2416
Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?
I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.2518
For I am full of words, and the spirit26 within me compels me;2719
inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.2820
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.2921
I will show no partiality,30 nor will I flatter anyone;3122
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker32 would soon take me away.33