Job - Chapter 32

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So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.


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But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.


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He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.


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Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.


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But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.


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So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.


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I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'


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But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.


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It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.


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"Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.


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I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,


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I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.


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Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God refute him, not man.'


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But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.


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"They are dismayed and have no more to say; words have failed them.


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Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?


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I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.


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For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;


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inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.


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I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.


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I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;


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for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.