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Job 32 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Elihu’s Angry Response
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So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

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Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justified himself rather than God.

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He was also angry at Job’s three friends because they had failed to refute him and yet had condemned him.[fn]

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

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But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.

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So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied:

I am young in years,

while you are old;

therefore I was timid and afraid

to tell you what I know.

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I thought that age should speak

and maturity should teach wisdom.

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But it is the spirit in a person—

the breath from the Almighty—

that gives anyone understanding.

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It is not only the old who are wise

or the elderly who understand how to judge.

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Therefore I say, “Listen to me.

I too will declare what I know.”

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Look, I waited for your conclusions;

I listened to your insights

as you sought for words.

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I paid close attention to you.

Yet no one proved Job wrong;

not one of you refuted his arguments.

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So do not claim, “We have found wisdom;

let God deal with him, not man.”

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But Job has not directed his argument to me,

and I will not respond to him with your arguments.

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Job’s friends are dismayed and can no longer answer;

words have left them.

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Should I continue to wait now that they are silent,

now that they stand there and no longer answer?

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I too will answer;[fn]

yes, I will tell what I know.

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For I am full of words,

and my spirit[fn] compels me to speak.

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My heart[fn] is like unvented wine;

it is about to burst like new wineskins.

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I must speak so that I can find relief;

I must open my lips and respond.

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I will be partial to no one,

and I will not give anyone an undeserved title.

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For I do not know how to give such titles;

otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.

CSB Footnotes
Alt Hb tradition reads condemned God
Lit answer my part
Lit and the spirit of my belly
Lit belly

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