Job 32

Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends

1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was a righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the b Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he c justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited 1 to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.

6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
"I am d young in years, and you are very old;
Therefore I was afraid,
And dared not declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, 2 'Age should speak,
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
8 But there is a spirit in man,
And e the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
9 f Great 3 men are not always wise,
Nor do the aged always understand justice.
10 "Therefore I say, 'Listen to me,
I also will declare my opinion.'

11 Indeed I waited for your words,
I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
12 I paid close attention to you;
And surely not one of you convinced Job,
Or answered his words -
13 g Lest you say,
'We have found wisdom';
God will vanquish him, not man.
14 Now he has not 4 directed his words against me;
So I will not answer him with your words.

15 "They are dismayed and answer no more;
Words escape them.
16 And I have waited, because they did not speak,
Because they stood still and answered no more.
17 I also will answer my part,
I too will declare my opinion.
18 For I am full of words;
The spirit within me compels me.
19 Indeed my 5 belly is like wine that has no 6 vent;
It is ready to burst like new wineskins.
20 I will speak, that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer.
21 Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone;
Nor let me flatter any man.
22 For I do not know how to flatter,
Else my Maker would soon take me h away.

  1. Cross References
    Job 6:29
    Yield now, let there be no injustice! Yes, concede, my righteousness still stands!
    Job 31:6
    Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity.
    Job 33:9
    I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 22:21
    Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram.
  3. Cross References
    Job 27:5
    Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
    Job 27:6
    My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
  4. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:32
    You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD.
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 3:12
    Behold, I have done according to your words; se...
    1 Kings 4:29
    And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly gre...
    Job 35:11
    Who teaches us more than the beasts of the eart...
    Job 38:36
    Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has give...
    Proverbs 2:6
    For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come ...
    Ecclesiastes 2:26
    For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a...
    Daniel 1:17
    As for these four young men, God gave them know...
    Daniel 2:21
    And He changes the times and the seasons; He re...
    Matthew 11:25
    At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank ...
    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,...
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:26
    For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:23
    Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches.
    1 Corinthians 1:29
    That no flesh should glory in His presence.
  8. Cross References
    Job 27:8
    For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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