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Job 32: 1-10,19 - 33: 1,19-28

Elihu Rebukes Job’s Friends

32So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; 3he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, though they had declared Job to be in the wrong.* 4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were older than he. 5But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.

Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answered:
‘I am young in years,
   and you are aged;
therefore I was timid and afraid
   to declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, “Let days speak,
   and many years teach wisdom.”
8 But truly it is the spirit in a mortal,
   the breath of the Almighty,* that makes for understanding.
9 It is not the old* that are wise,
   nor the aged that understand what is right.
10 Therefore I say, “Listen to me;
   let me also declare my opinion.”

19 My heart is indeed like wine that has no vent;
   like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
20 I must speak, so that I may find relief;
   I must open my lips and answer.
21 I will not show partiality to any person
   or use flattery towards anyone.
22 For I do not know how to flatter—
   or my Maker would soon put an end to me!

Elihu Rebukes Job

33‘But now, hear my speech, O Job,
   and listen to all my words.
19 They are also chastened with pain upon their beds,
   and with continual strife in their bones,
20 so that their lives loathe bread,
   and their appetites dainty food.
21 Their flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen;
   and their bones, once invisible, now stick out.
22 Their souls draw near the Pit,
   and their lives to those who bring death.
23 Then, if there should be for one of them an angel,
   a mediator, one of a thousand,
   one who declares a person upright,
24 and he is gracious to that person, and says,
   “Deliver him from going down into the Pit;
   I have found a ransom;
25 let his flesh become fresh with youth;
   let him return to the days of his youthful vigour”;
26 then he prays to God, and is accepted by him,
   he comes into his presence with joy,
and God* repays him for his righteousness.
27   That person sings to others and says,
“I sinned, and perverted what was right,
   and it was not paid back to me.
28 He has redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit,
   and my life shall see the light.”


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