32 These three men stopped responding to Job, because he was claiming to be righteous, in his own opinion.[a]2 But then Barachel’s son Elihu from Buz, one of Ram’s descendants, got really angry. He was furious with Job because he had been declaring himself righteous instead of vindicating God. 3 Furthermore, he was furious with his three friends because they had not answered Job, but instead had condemned him. 4 Elihu waited to have a word with Job, since the others were older than he, 5 but when he saw that there had been no response[b] from those three, he got even more angry. 6 Barachel’s son Elihu from Buz responded and said:
“I’m younger than you are. Because you’re older,[c] I was terrified to tell you what I know. 7 I thought, experience[d] should speak; abundance of years teaches wisdom. 8 However, a spirit exists in mankind, and the Almighty’s breath gives him insight.”
There’s No Fool Like an Old Fool
9 “The aged aren’t always wise, nor do the elderly always understand justice. 10 Therefore I’m saying, ‘Listen to me!’ Then I’ll declare what I know.
11 “Look! I have waited to hear your speech, so I listened to your insights while you searched for the right words to say.[e] 12 Indeed, I paid close attention to you all, but none of you were able to refute[f] Job or answer his arguments convincingly.
13 “So that you cannot claim, ‘We have found wisdom!’ let God do the rebuking, not man; 14 let him not direct a rebuke toward me. I won’t be responding to him with your arguments.
15 “Job’s friends[g] won’t reason with him anymore; discouraged, words escape them. 16 Shall I continue to wait, since they’re no longer talking? After all, they’re only standing there; they’re no longer responding.
17 “I will contribute my arguments[h] as an answer; I’ll declare what I know, 18 because I’m filled with things to say, and my spirit within me compels me to speak.[i] 19 My insides feel like unvented wine, like it’s about to burst like a new wineskin.
20 “Let me speak! I need relief! Let me open my lips and respond. 21 I won’t discriminate against anyone, and I won’t flatter any person, 22 since I don’t know the first thing about how to flatter; and the one who made me would sweep me away as if I were nothing.”
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