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.
I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’
But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
“Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.
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.
Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.’
But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.
“They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.
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.
For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;
inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.
I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.