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English Standard Version (ESV), Job 32

1    So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

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.

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.

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

5    And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.

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.

7    I said, Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.

8    But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

9    It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.

10   Therefore I say, Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.

11   Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.

12   I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words.

13   Beware lest you say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.

14   He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches.

15   They are dismayed; they answer no more; they have not a word to say.

16   And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?

17   I also will answer with my share; I also will declare my opinion.

18   For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me.

19   Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins ready to burst.

20   I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

21   I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.

22   For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.


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Meaning of names found in this text
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Barachel that bows before God Elihu he is my God himself
Job he that weeps or cries Ram elevated; sublime
So a measure for grain; vail
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