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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 32

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1Then the three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous w Jb 33, 9 . in his own eyes. 2 x Jb 13, 18; 27, 6; 34, 5; 35, 2 . But the anger of Elihu,* son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was kindled. He was angry with Job for considering himself rather than God to be in the right. 3 y Jb 22, 5 . He was angry also with the three friends because they had not found a good answer and had not condemned Job. 4But since these men were older than he, Elihu bided his time before addressing Job. 5When, however, Elihu saw that there was no reply in the mouths of the three men, his wrath was inflamed. 6So Elihu, son of Barachel the Buzite, spoke out and said:

I am young and you are very old; therefore I held back and was afraid to declare to you my knowledge. 7Days should speak, I thought, and many years teach wisdom! z Jb 12, 12 . 8But it is a spirit in man, a Jb 33, 4 . the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. 9It is not those of many days who are wise, nor the aged who understand the right. 10Therefore I say, hearken to me; let me too set forth my knowledge! 11Behold, I have waited for your discourses, and have given ear to your arguments. 12Yes, I followed you attentively as you searched out what to say; And behold, there is none who has convicted Job, not one of you who could refute his statements. 13Yet do not say, “We have met wisdom.* God may vanquish him but not man!” 14For had he addressed his words to me, I should not then have answered him as you have done. 15They are dismayed, they make no more reply; words fail them. 16Must I wait? Now that they speak no more, and have ceased to make reply, 17I too will speak my part; I also will show my knowledge! 18For I am full of matters to utter; the spirit within me compels me. 19Like a new wineskin with wine under pressure, my bosom is ready to burst. 20Let me speak and obtain relief; let me open my lips, and make reply. 21I would not be partial to anyone, nor give flattering titles to any. 22For I know nought of flattery; if I did, my Maker would soon take me away.

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