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Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry.[a] He was angry[b] with Job for justifying[c] himself rather than God.[d]

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  1. Job 32:2 tn The verse begins with וַיִּחַר אַף (vayyikhar ʾaf, “and the anger became hot”), meaning Elihu became very angry.
  2. Job 32:2 tn The second comment about Elihu’s anger comes right before the statement of its cause. Now the perfect verb is used: “he was angry.”
  3. Job 32:2 tn The explanation is the causal clause עַל־צַדְּקוֹ נַפְשׁוֹ (ʿal-tsaddeqo nafsho, “because he justified himself”). It is the preposition with the Piel infinitive construct with a suffixed subjective genitive.
  4. Job 32:2 tc The LXX and Latin versions soften the expression slightly by saying “before God.”