Job 32

Elihu's Angry Response

1 So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.a
2 Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buziteb from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justifiedc himself rather than God.
3 He was also angry at Job's three friends because they had failed to refute [him], and yet had condemned him.
4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were [all] older than he.
5 But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.
6 So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old;d therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.e
7 I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.
8 But it is a spirit in manf and the breath of the Almightyg that give him understanding.
9 It is not [only] the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge.
10 Therefore I say, "Listen to me. I too will declare what I know."
11 Look, I waited for your conclusions; I listened to your insights as you sought for words.
12 I paid close attention to you. Yet no one proved Job wrong; not one of you refuted his arguments.
13 So do not claim, "We have found wisdom; let God deal with him, not man."
14 But Job has not directed his argument to me, and I will not respond to him with your arguments.h
15 Job's friends are dismayed and can no longer answer; words have left them.
16 Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand [there] and no longer answer?
17 I too will answer;i yes, I will tell what I know.
18 For I am full of words, and my spiritj compels me [to speak].k
19 My heartl is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like new wineskins.m
20 I must speak so that I can find relief; I must open my lips and respond.
21 I will be partial to no one,n and I will not give anyone an [undeserved] title.
22 For I do not know how to give [such] titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.