32 2 Elihu reproveth them of folly. 8 Age maketh not a man wise, but the spirit of God.

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [a]esteemed himself just.

Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the [b]Buzite, of the family of [c]Ram, was kindled: his wrath, I say, was kindled against Job, because he justified himself [d]more than God.

Also his anger was kindled against his three friends, because they could not find an answer, and yet condemned Job.

(Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken: for [e]they were more ancient in years than he.)

So when Elihu saw, that there was none answer in the mouth of the three men, his wrath was kindled.

Therefore Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite answered and said, I am young in years, and ye are ancient: therefore I doubted, and was afraid to show you mine opinion.

For I said, The days [f]shall speak, and the multitude of years shall teach wisdom.

Surely there is a spirit in man, [g]but the inspiration of the Almighty giveth understanding.

Great men are not always wise, neither do the aged always understand judgment.

10 Therefore I say, Hear me and I will show also mine opinion.

11 Behold, I did wait upon your words, and hearkened unto your knowledge, while you sought out [h]reasons.

12 Yea, when I had considered you, lo, there was none of you that reproved Job, nor answered his words:

13 Lest ye should say, We have [i]found wisdom: for God hath cast him down, and no man.

14 Yet hath [j]he not directed his words to me, neither will I answer [k]him by your words.

15 Then they fearing, answered no more, but left off their talk.

16 When I had waited (for they spake not, but stood still and answered no more)

17 Then answered I in my turn, and I showed mine opinion.

18 For I am full of [l]matter, and the spirit within me compelleth me.

19 Behold, my belly is as the wine, which hath no vent, and like the new bottles that burst.

20 Therefore will I speak, that I may take breath: I will open my lips, and will answer.

21 I will not now accept the person of man, [m]neither will I give titles to man.

22 For I may not give [n]titles, lest my Maker should take me away suddenly.

Footnotes

  1. Job 32:1 Hebrew, was just in his own eyes.
  2. Job 32:2 Which came of Buz, the son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
  3. Job 32:2 Or, as the Chaldean paraphrase readeth, Abram.
  4. Job 32:2 By making himself innocent, and by charging God of rigor.
  5. Job 32:4 That is, the three mentioned before.
  6. Job 32:7 Meaning, the ancient, which have experience.
  7. Job 32:8 It is a special gift of God that man hath understanding, and cometh neither of nature nor by age.
  8. Job 32:11 To prove that Job’s affliction came for his sins.
  9. Job 32:13 And flatter yourselves, as though you had overcome him.
  10. Job 32:14 To wit, Job.
  11. Job 32:14 He useth almost the like arguments, but without taunting and reproaches.
  12. Job 32:18 I have conceived in my mind great store of reasons.
  13. Job 32:21 I will neither have regard to riches, credit, nor authority, but will speak the very truth.
  14. Job 32:22 The Hebrew word signifieth, to change the name, as to call a fool a wise man: meaning, that he would not cloak the truth to flatter men.