Job 32

V. The Speeches of Elihu (32:1-37:24)

Elihu’s First Speech1

32:1 So these three men refused to answer2 Job further, because he was righteous in his3 own eyes. 32:2 Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry.4 He was angry5 with Job for justifying6 himself rather than God.7 32:3 With Job’s8 three friends he was also angry, because they could not find9 an answer, and so declared Job guilty.10 32:4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking11 to Job, because the others12 were older than he was. 32:5 But when Elihu saw13 that the three men had no further reply,14 he became very angry.

Elihu Claims Wisdom

32:6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite spoke up:15

“I am young,16 but you are elderly;

that is why I was fearful,17

and afraid to explain18 to you what I know.

32:7 I said to myself, ‘Age19 should speak,20

and length of years21 should make wisdom known.’

32:8 But it is a spirit in people,

the breath22 of the Almighty,

that makes them understand.

32:9 It is not the aged23 who are wise,

nor old men who understand what is right.

32:10 Therefore I say, ‘Listen24 to me.

I, even I, will explain what I know.’

32:11 Look, I waited for you to speak;25

I listened closely to your wise thoughts,26while you were searching for words.

32:12 Now I was paying you close attention,27

yet28 there was no one proving Job wrong,29

not one of you was answering his statements!

32:13 So do not say,30 ‘We have found wisdom!

God will refute31 him, not man!’

32:14 Job32 has not directed33 his words to me,

and so I will not reply to him with your arguments.34

Job’s Friends Failed to Answer35

32:15 “They are dismayed36 and cannot answer any more;

they have nothing left to say.37

32:16 And I have waited.38 But because they do not speak,

because they stand there and answer no more,

32:17 I too will answer my part,

I too will explain what I know.

32:18 For I am full of words,

and the spirit within me39 constrains me.40

32:19 Inside I am like wine which has no outlet,41

like new wineskins42 ready to burst!

32:20 I will speak,43 so that I may find relief;

I will open my lips, so that I may answer.

32:21 I will not show partiality to anyone,44

nor will I confer a title45 on any man.

32:22 for I do not know how to give honorary titles,46

if I did,47 my Creator would quickly do away with me.48

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