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Job 32:1-10 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Elihu Rebukes Job’s Friends

32 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Eli′hu the son of Bar′achel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Eli′hu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. And when Eli′hu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry.

And Eli′hu the son of Bar′achel the Buzite answered:

“I am young in years,
    and you are aged;
therefore I was timid and afraid
    to declare my opinion to you.
I said, ‘Let days speak,
    and many years teach wisdom.’
But it is the spirit in a man,
    the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
It is not the old[a] that are wise,
    nor the aged that understand what is right.
10 Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me;
    let me also declare my opinion.’

Footnotes:

  1. Job 32:9 Gk Syr Vg: Heb many
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Job 32:19-33:1 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

19 Behold, my heart is like wine that has no vent;
    like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
20 I must speak, that I may find relief;
    I must open my lips and answer.
21 I will not show partiality to any person
    or use flattery toward any man.
22 For I do not know how to flatter,
    else would my Maker soon put an end to me.

Elihu Rebukes Job

33 “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
    and listen to all my words.

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Job 33:19-28 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

19 “Man is also chastened with pain upon his bed,
    and with continual strife in his bones;
20 so that his life loathes bread,
    and his appetite dainty food.
21 His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen;
    and his bones which were not seen stick out.
22 His soul draws near the Pit,
    and his life to those who bring death.
23 If there be for him an angel,
    a mediator, one of the thousand,
    to declare to man what is right for him;
24 and he is gracious to him, and says,
    ‘Deliver him from going down into the Pit,
    I have found a ransom;
25 let his flesh become fresh with youth;
    let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
26 then man prays to God, and he accepts him,
    he comes into his presence with joy.
He recounts[a] to men his salvation,
27     and he sings before men, and says:
‘I sinned, and perverted what was right,
    and it was not requited to me.
28 He has redeemed my soul from going down into the Pit,
    and my life shall see the light.’

Footnotes:

  1. Job 33:26 Cn: Heb returns
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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