NASB — Job 32 — KJV

Elihu in Anger Rebukes Job

1 Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was arighteous in his own eyes. 2 But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the aBuzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned bbecause he justified himself Icbefore God. 3 And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now Elihu had waited Ito speak to Job because they were years older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.

[1] aJb 10:7; 13:18; 27:5, 6; 31:6
[2] IOr more than aGn 22:21 bJb 27:5, 6 cJb 30:21
[4] ILit for Job with words; or possibly while they were speaking with Job

6 ¶ So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite Ispoke out and said,
  “I am young in years and you are aold;
  Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you IIwhat I think.
  7 “I Ithought IIaage should speak,
  And IIIincreased years should teach wisdom.
  8 “But it is a spirit in man,
  And the abreath of the Almighty gives them bunderstanding.
  9 “The Iabundant [in years] may not be wise,
  Nor may aelders understand justice.
  10 “So I Isay, ‘Listen to me,
  I too will tell IIwhat I think.’

[6] ILit answered IILit my knowledge aJb 15:10
[7] ILit said IILit days IIILit many aJb 8:8, 9
[8] aJb 33:4 bJb 38:36
[9] IOr nobles aJb 32:7
[10] IOr said IILit my knowledge

  11 ¶ “Behold, I waited for your words,
  I listened to your reasonings,
  While you Ipondered what to say.
  12 “I even paid close attention to you;
  IIndeed, there was no one who refuted Job,
  Not one of you who answered his words.
  13 “Do not say,
  ‘aWe have found wisdom;
  God will Irout him, not man.’
  14 “For he has not arranged [his] words against me,
  Nor will I reply to him with your Iarguments.

[11] ILit searched out words
[12] ILit Behold
[13] ILit drive away aJr 9:23
[14] ILit words

  15 ¶ “They are dismayed, they no longer answer;
  Words have Ifailed them.
  16 “Shall I wait, because they do not speak,
  Because they Istop [and] no longer answer?
  17 “I too will answer my share,
  I also will tell my opinion.
  18 “For I am full of words;
  The spirit within me constrains me.
  19 “Behold, my belly is like unvented wine,
  Like new wineskins it is about to burst.
  20 “Let me speak that I may get relief;
  Let me open my lips and answer.
  21 “Let me now abe partial to no one,
  Nor flatter [any] man.
  22 “For I do not know how to flatter,
  [Else] my Maker would soon take me away.

[15] ILit moved away from
[16] ILit stand
[21] aLv 19:15; Jb 13:8, 10; 34:19


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Elihu is angry with Job and his three friends.

1 ¶ So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and [yet] had condemned Job. 4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they [were] elder than he. 5 When Elihu saw that [there was] no answer in the mouth of [these] three men, then his wrath was kindled.

[1] Jb 6:29; 10:2, 7; 13:15; 23:7; 27:4; 29:11; 31:1; 33:9.
[2] Gn 22:21; Jb 10:3; 27:2; 34:5, 17; 35:2; 40:8; Ps 69:9; Mk 3:5; Lk 10:29; Ep 4:26.
[3] Jb 8:6; 15:34; 22:5; 24:25; 25:2; 26:2; 32:1; Ac 24:5, 13.
[4] Jb 32:11; Pv 18:13.
[5] Ex 32:19; Jb 32:2.

Because wisdom cometh not from age, he excuseth the boldness of his youth.

6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I [am] young, and ye [are] very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. 7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. 10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.

[6] Lv 19:32; 1S 17:28; Jb 15:7, 10; Ro 13:7; 1Ti 5:1; Tit 2:6; 1P 5:5.
[7] 1K 12:6; Jb 8:8; 12:12; Ps 34:11; Pv 1:1; 16:31; He 5:12.
[8] Gn 41:39; 1K 3:12, 28; 4:29; Jb 4:12; 33:16; 35:11; 38:36; Pv 2:6; Ec 2:26; Dn 1:17; 2:21; 1Co 2:10; 12:8; 2Ti 3:16; Jm 1:5.
[9] Jb 12:20; Ec 4:13; Jr 5:5; Mt 11:25; Jn 7:48; 1Co 1:26; 2:7; Jm 2:6.
[10] 1Co 7:25, 40.

He reproveth them for not satisfying Job.

11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. 12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, [there was] none of you that convinced Job, [or] that answered his words: 13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man. 14 Now he hath not directed [his] words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches. 15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

[11] Jb 5:27; 29:21, 23; 32:4; Pv 18:17; 28:11; Ec 12:9.
[12] Jb 32:3; 1Ti 1:7.
[13] Gn 14:23; Jg 7:2; Jb 1:21; 2:10; 4:9; 6:4; 12:2; 15:8; 19:6, 21; Is 5:21; 48:5, 7; Jr 9:23; Ezk 28:3; Zc 12:7; Jn 19:11; 1Co 1:19, 27; 3:18.
[15] Jb 6:24; 29:22; Mt 7:23; 22:22, 26, 34, 46.

His zeal to speak.

16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, [and] answered no more;) 17 [I said], I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. 18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 19 Behold, my belly [is] as wine [which] hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. 20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; [in so doing] my maker would soon take me away.

[16] Jb 13:5; Pv 17:28; Am 5:13; Jm 1:19.
[17] Jb 32:10; 33:12; 35:3.
[18] Ps 39:3; Jr 20:9; Ezk 3:14; Ac 4:20; 2Co 5:13.
[19] Mt 9:17.
[20] Jb 13:13, 19; 20:2; 21:3; Pv 8:6.
[21] Lv 19:15; Dt 1:17; 16:19; 2S 14:17, 20; Jb 13:8; 34:19; Pv 24:23; Mt 22:16; Ac 12:22; 24:2.
[22] Jb 17:5; Ps 12:2; Pv 29:5; Ga 1:10; 1Th 2:5.


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