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Job 32 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Elihu Contradicts Job’s Friends
Elihu Contradicts Job’s Friends
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:1 - So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:2 - Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:3 - Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:4 - Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:5 - When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:6 - So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:

“I am young in years, and you are very old;
Therefore I was afraid,
And dared not declare my opinion to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:7 - I said, ‘Age[fn] should speak,
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:8 - But there is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:9 - Great men[fn] are not always wise,
Nor do the aged always understand justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:10 - “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me,
I also will declare my opinion.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:11 - Indeed I waited for your words,
I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:12 - I paid close attention to you;
And surely not one of you convinced Job,
Or answered his words—
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:13 - Lest you say,
‘We have found wisdom’;
God will vanquish him, not man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:14 - Now he has not directed his words against me;
So I will not answer him with your words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:15 - “They are dismayed and answer no more;
Words escape them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:16 - And I have waited, because they did not speak,
Because they stood still and answered no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:17 - I also will answer my part,
I too will declare my opinion.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:18 - For I am full of words;
The spirit within me compels me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:19 - Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent;
It is ready to burst like new wineskins.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:20 - I will speak, that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:21 - Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone;
Nor let me flatter any man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 32:22 - For I do not know how to flatter,
Else my Maker would soon take me away.
NKJV Footnotes
Vulgate reads till Job had spoken.
Literally Days, that is, years
Or Men of many years

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