|So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.||Elihu's speech. Jb.32.1-37.24|
|Then Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God;|
|he was angry also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.|
|Now Eli'hu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he.|
|And when Eli'hu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry.|
|And Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite answered: |
therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.
|I said, 'Let days speak, |
and many years teach wisdom.'
|But it is the spirit in a man, |
the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
|It is not the old that are wise, |
nor the aged that understand what is right.
|Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; |
let me also declare my opinion.'
|"Behold, I waited for your words, |
I listened for your wise sayings,
while you searched out what to say.
|I gave you my attention, and, behold, |
there was none that confuted Job,
or that answered his words, among you.
|Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; |
God may vanquish him, not man.'
|He has not directed his words against me, |
and I will not answer him with your speeches.
|"They are discomfited, they answer no more; |
they have not a word to say.
|And shall I wait, because they do not speak, |
because they stand there, and answer no more?
|I also will give my answer; |
I also will declare my opinion.
|For I am full of words, |
the spirit within me constrains me.
|Behold, my heart is like wine that has no vent; |
like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
|I must speak, that I may find relief; |
I must open my lips and answer.
|I will not show partiality to any person |
or use flattery toward any man.
|For I do not know how to flatter, |
else would my Maker soon put a stop to me.
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