THE BOOK OF
Job 32 ©
Job and his three friends refrain from speaking, v. 1. Elihu is moved thereat, 2. Who begins to speak by declaring the reasons which moved him, 6. He shows what zeal he had unto it, 17. Wishing he might discharge himself worthily of it, 21.
SO these 1three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous 2in his own eyes.
Then 3was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the 4Buzite, of the kindred of 5Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified 6himself 7rather than God.
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found 8no answer, and yet had 9condemned Job.
Now Elihu had waited 10till Job had 11spoken, because 12they were elder than he.
When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am 13young, and ye are very old;a wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
14I said, 15Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
Butbthere is a 16spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty 17giveth them understanding.
18Greatc men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Therefore I said, 19Hearken to me; 20I also will shew mine opinion.
Behold, I waited 21for your words; I gave ear 22to your reasons, whilst ye searched out 23what to say.
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
24Lest ye should say, We have found out 25wisdom: God thrusteth him down, 26not man.
Now 27he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with 28your speeches.
29They were amazed, they answered 30no more: they 31left off speaking.
When I had 32waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
I said, I will answer also my part, I 33also will shew mine opinion.
For I am full of matter, 34the spirit within 35me constraineth me.
Behold, 36my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new 37bottles.
I will speak, that I may 38be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Let me not, I pray you, accept 39any man’s person, neither let me give 40flattering titles unto man.
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my 41maker 42would soon 43take me away.