32 Elihu in Anger Rebukes Job
1 Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 But the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger burned because he justified himself before God. 3 And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.
6 So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said,
"I am young in years and you are old;
Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you
what I think.
7 "I thought age should speak,
And increased years should teach wisdom.
8 "But it is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them
9 "The abundant in years may not be wise,
Nor may elders understand justice.
10 "So I say, `Listen to me,
I too will tell what I think.'
11 "Behold, I waited for your words,
I listened to your reasonings,
While you pondered what to say.
12 "I even paid close attention to you;
Indeed, there was no one who refuted Job,
Not one of you who answered his words.
13 "Do not say,
`We have found wisdom;
God will rout him, not man.'
14 "For he has not arranged his words
Nor will I reply to him with your arguments.
15 "They are dismayed, they no longer
Words have failed them.
16 "Shall I wait, because they do not speak,
Because they stop and no longer answer?
17 "I too will answer my share,
I also will tell my opinion.
18 "For I am full of words;
The spirit within me constrains me.
19 "Behold, my belly is like unvented wine,
Like new wineskins it is about to burst.
20 "Let me speak that I may get relief;
Let me open my lips and answer.
21 "Let me now be partial to no one,
Nor flatter any man.
22 "For I do not know how to flatter,
Else my Maker would soon take me away.
33 Elihu Claims to Speak for God
1 "However now, Job, please hear my speech,
And listen to all my words.
2 "Behold now, I open my mouth,
My tongue in my mouth speaks.
3 "My words are from the uprightness of
And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.
4 "The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 "Refute me if you can;
Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
6 "Behold, I belong to God like you;
I too have been formed out of the clay.
7 "Behold, no fear of me should terrify you,
Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
And I have heard the sound of your words:
9 `I am pure, without transgression;
I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.
10 `Behold, He invents pretexts against me;
He counts me as His enemy.
11 `He puts my feet in the stocks;
He watches all my paths.'
12 "Behold, let me tell you, you are not right
For God is greater than man.
13 "Why do you complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all
14 "Indeed God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
15 "In a dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
17 That He may turn man aside from
And keep man from pride;
18 He keeps back his soul from the pit,
And his life from passing over into Sheol.
19 "Man is also chastened with pain on
And with unceasing complaint in his bones;
20 So that his life loathes bread,
And his soul favorite food.
21 "His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones which were not seen stick out.
22 "Then his soul draws near to the pit,
And his life to those who bring death.
23 "If there is an angel as mediator for him,
One out of a thousand,
To remind a man what is right for him,
24 Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
`Deliver him from going down to the pit,
I have found a ransom';
25 Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,
Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
26 Then he will pray to God, and He will
That he may see His face with joy,
And He may restore His righteousness
27 "He will sing to men and say,
`I have sinned and perverted what is right,
And it is not proper for me.
28 `He has redeemed my soul from going
to the pit,
And my life shall see the light.'
29 "Behold, God does all these oftentimes
30 To bring back his soul from the pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light
31 "Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
Keep silent, and let me speak.
32 "Then if you have anything to say,
Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 "If not, listen to me;
Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom."