32 These three men stopped trying to answer Job, because he was so sure he was right. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, from the family of Ram, became very angry with Job, because Job claimed he was right instead of God. 3 Elihu was also angry with Job’s three friends who had no answer to show that Job was wrong, yet continued to blame him. 4 Elihu had waited before speaking to Job, because the three friends were older than he was. 5 But when Elihu saw that the three men had nothing more to say, he became very angry.
6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said this:
“I am young, and you are old. That is why I was afraid to tell you what I know. 7 I thought, ‘Older people should speak, and those who have lived many years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives understanding. 9 It is not just older people who are wise; they are not the only ones who understand what is right. 10 So I say, listen to me. I too will tell you what I know. 11 I waited while you three spoke, and listened to your explanations. While you looked for words to use, 12 I paid close attention to you. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments. 13 Don’t say, ‘We have found wisdom; only God will show Job to be wrong, not people.’ 14 Job has not spoken his words against me, so I will not use your arguments to answer Job.
15 “These three friends are defeated and have no more to say; words have failed them. 16 Now they are standing there with no answers for Job. Now that they are quiet, must I wait to speak? 17 No, I too will speak and tell what I know. 18 I am full of words, and the spirit in me causes me to speak. 19 I am like wine that has been bottled up; I am ready to burst like a new leather wine bag. 20 I must speak so I will feel relief; I must open my mouth and answer. 21 I will be fair to everyone and not flatter anyone. 22 I don’t know how to flatter, and if I did, my Maker would quickly take me away.
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