- ¶ SO these three men who wanted to condemn Job ceased answering him, because he was found righteous in their eyes.
- Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was angry;
so his wrath against Job kindled, because he justified himself more than God.
- His wrath also kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer to Job so that they might condemn him.
- Now Elihu had waited to correct Job with words, because the other men were older than he.
- When Elihu saw that these three were unable to answer Job, then he was incensed.
- ¶ And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, Because I am younger than you in days and you are old, therefore I was afraid, and did not dare to show you my knowledge.
- For I said, Days should speak, and the multitude of years should teach wisdom.
- Truly, there is a spirit in men;
and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
- It is not age that makes men wise;
nor do the aged always understand judgment.
- Therefore I say, Hearken to me;
I also will show you my knowledge.
- Behold, I kept silent while you spoke;
I gave ear until you made an end of speaking, while you searched for words.
- Yea, I understood your testimony, and, behold, there was none of you that could reprove Job, or that could answer his words,
- So that you could not say, We have found wisdom.
God has smitten him, not man.
- Now Job has not directed his words against me;
neither will I answer him with your speeches.
- ¶ They were silent, they answered him no more;
their words were all spent, so they held their peace;
- They did not speak;
they stood still, and answered him no more.
- I will answer also on my part;
I also will show my knowledge.
- For I am full of words;
the spirit within me constrains me.
- Behold, I cannot restrain myself, nor can I find relief;
I can no longer hold myself from talking.
- I will speak so that I may find relief;
I will open my lips and answer.
- I will not be partial toward any person, neither will I be ashamed of the presence of any one.
- For I do not know what shame is;
else would my Almighty One soon take me away.