Job 32

1

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

2

Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God.

3

He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.

4

Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he.

5

And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.

6

And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: "I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.

7

I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.'

8

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

9

It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.

10

Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.'

11

"Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.

12

I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words.

13

Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.'

14

He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches.

15

"They are dismayed; they answer no more; they have not a word to say.

16

And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?

17

I also will answer with my share; I also will declare my opinion.

18

For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me.

19

Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins ready to burst.

20

I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

21

I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.

22

For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.