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1Then these three men ceased to answer Iyoḇ, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2And the wrath of Elihu, son of Baraḵ’ĕl the Buzite, of the clan of Ram, burned against Iyoḇ. His wrath burned because he declared himself right rather than Elohim.
3And against his three friends his wrath burned, because they had found no answer, and pronounced Elohim wrong.
4And because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Iyoḇ.
5And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath burned.
6And Elihu, son of Baraḵ’ĕl the Buzite, responded and said, “I am young in years, and you are aged. Therefore I was afraid to let you know my opinion.
7I said, ‘Days should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.’
8But truly it is the spirit in man and the breath of the Almighty that gives him understanding.
9The multitude are not wise, nor do the aged understand right-ruling.
10Therefore I have said, ‘Listen to me, let me also make my opinion known to you.’
11Look, I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
12And I paid close attention to you. But look, not one of you proved Iyoḇ wrong, nor answered his words.
13Lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom’ – it is Ěl that drives him away, not man.
14Now he has not ordered words against me, so I would not answer him with your words.
15They have broken down; they have not answered again; words have departed from them.
16And I have waited, but they do not speak, because they have stood still, they answered no more.
17Let me answer on my part, let me also make my opinion known.
18For I am filled with words; the spirit within me presses me.
19See, within me it is like wine not opened; it shall burst like new wineskins.
20Let me speak, so that I find relief; let me open my lips and answer.
21Please, let me not show partiality to anyone, nor let me flatter any man.
22For I do not know how to flatter, lest my Maker should soon take me away!
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