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So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
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Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram;
against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
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Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
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Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were older than he.
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And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
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And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: I am young, and ye are very old;
wherefore I held back, and durst not declare you mine opinion.
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I said: "Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom."
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But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty, that giveth them understanding.
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It is not the great that are wise, nor the aged that discern judgment.
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Therefore I say: "Hearken to me;
I also will declare mine opinion."
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Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
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Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none that convinced Job, or that answered his words, among you.
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Beware lest ye say: "We have found wisdom;
God may vanquish him, not man!"
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For he hath not directed his words against me;
neither will I answer him with your speeches.
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They are amazed, they answer no more;
words are departed from them.
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And shall I wait, because they speak not, because they stand still, and answer no more?
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I also will answer my part, I also will declare mine opinion.
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For I am full of words;
the spirit within me constraineth me.
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Behold, mine inwards are as wine which hath no vent;
like new wine-skins which are ready to burst.
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I will speak, that I may find relief;
I will open my lips and answer.
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Let me not, I pray you, respect any man"s person;
neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.
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For I know not to give flattering titles;
else would my Maker soon take me away.