Job Chapter 32 – Elihu, angry with Job, excuseth him — He reproveth Job’s friends.

1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.


2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram; against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.


3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer; and yet had condemned Job.


4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.


5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.


6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not show you mine opinion.


7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.


8 But there is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.


9 Great men are not always wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.


10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.


11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.


12 Yea, I attended unto you, and behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words;


13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom; God thrusteth him down, not man.


14 Now he hath not directed his words against me; neither will I answer him with your speeches.


15 They were amazed, they answered no more; they left off speaking.


16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more,)


17 I said, I will answer also my part; I also will show mine opinion.


18 For I am full of matter; the spirit within me constraineth me.


19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.


20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.


21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person; neither let me give flattering titles unto man.


22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away.