1 THESE three men gave up answering Job, for he continued to think himself righteous. 2Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry: angry because Job had made himself out to be more righteous than God a 32:2 had … God: or had justified himself with God. , 3and angry with his three friends because they had found no answer to Job and so let God appear wrong b 32:3 and so … wrong: prob. original rdg; altered in Heb. to and had not proved Job wrong. . 4Now Elihu had hung back while they were talking with Job because they were older than he was; 5but, when he saw that the three had no answer to give, he could no longer contain his anger. 6So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite began to speak:
I am young in years, while you are old; that is why I held back and shrank from expressing my opinion in front of you. 7I said to myself, ‘Let age speak, and length of years expound wisdom.’ 8But it is a spirit in a human being, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding; 9it is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right. 10Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too want to express an opinion. 11Here I have been waiting for what you had to say, listening to your reasoning, while you picked your words; 12I have been giving thought to those conclusions, but not one of you convicts Job or refutes his arguments. 13See then that you do not claim to have found wisdom; or say ‘God will rebut him, not man.’ 14I shall not string c 32:14 I … string: prob. rdg; Heb. He has not strung. words together like you d like you: prob. rdg; Heb. towards me. or answer him in the way you have done.
15If these men are confounded and are stuck for an answer, if words fail them, 16am I to wait because they do not speak, because they stand there, stuck for an answer? 17I, too, have a furrow to plough; I am going to express my opinion, 18for I am bursting with words, as if wind in my belly were griping me. 19My belly is distended as if with wine, about to burst open like a new wineskin; 20I must speak and find relief, I must open my lips and answer; 21I shall show no favour to anyone; I shall flatter no one, 22for I cannot use flattering titles, or my Maker would soon do away with me.