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.
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.'
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.
"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.