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Job 32

Elihu Rebukes Job and His Three Friends

1 Then these three men ceased from answering Job because he [was] righteous in his [own] eyes.
2 So Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzite, from the clan of Ram, {became angry}. {He became angry} at Job because he justified himself rather than God,
3 and {he became angry} at his three friends because they had not found an answer, and they had declared Job guilty.
4 Thus Elihu had waited for Job {to speak} because {they were older than he}.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, {he became angry}.
6 Then Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzite {spoke up} and said, "{I am young}, but you are old; therefore I feared and became afraid of explaining my knowledge to you.
7 I thought, 'Let days speak, and let many years teach wisdom.'
8 "Truly, it [is] a spirit in a human being, and the breath of Shaddai teaches them.
9 [It is] not {the aged} [who] are wise, or [it is not] [the] elders [who] understand justice.
10 Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my knowledge myself.'
11 "Look, I waited for your words; I listened for your insight, until you searched out {what to say}.
12 And I directed my attention to you; and, look, there is no [one] for Job [who] refuted, answering his words among you.
13 So do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not a man.'
14 But he did not direct [his] words to me, and I will not answer him with your words.
15 "They are dismayed; they no longer answer; {they have nothing to say}.
16 And I have waited because they do not speak, because they stand [there] [and] no longer answer.
17 I myself will answer my share also; I myself will declare my knowledge also,
18 for I am full of words; {the spirit within me} urges me.
19 "Look, my internal organs [are] like unopened wine, like new wineskins it is [ready] to burst open.
20 Let me speak {that I may find relief}; let me open my lips, and let me answer.
21 {Please let me not show partiality to anyone}, and let me not show flattery to human beings,
22 for I do not know [how] {to flatter}, [else] my Maker would {soon} put an end to me.
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