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Job 32 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Elihu Rebukes Job’s Three Friends

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:1 - So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:2 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:4 - Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:5 - And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:6 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:7 - I said, ‘Let days speak,
and many years teach wisdom.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:8 - But it is the spirit in man,
the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:9 - It is not the old[fn] who are wise,
nor the aged who understand what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:10 - Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me;
let me also declare my opinion.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:11 - “Behold, I waited for your words,
I listened for your wise sayings,
while you searched out what to say.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:12 - I gave you my attention,
and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job
or who answered his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:13 - Beware lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom;
God may vanquish him, not a man.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:14 - He has not directed his words against me,
and I will not answer him with your speeches.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:15 - “They are dismayed; they answer no more;
they have not a word to say.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:16 - And shall I wait, because they do not speak,
because they stand there, and answer no more?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:17 - I also will answer with my share;
I also will declare my opinion.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:18 - For I am full of words;
the spirit within me constrains me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:19 - Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent;
like new wineskins ready to burst.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:20 - I must speak, that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:21 - I will not show partiality to any man
or use flattery toward any person.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:22 - For I do not know how to flatter,
else my Maker would soon take me away.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew many [in years]

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

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