Elihu’s Angry Response
1So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. # Jb 10:7; 33:9; 34:5-6 2Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite # Gn 22:21; Jr 25:23 from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justified # Jb 33:32; Jr 3:11; Ezk 16:51-52 himself rather than God. 3He was also angry at Job’s three friends because they had failed to refute him and yet had condemned him. # Ancient Jewish tradition reads condemned God
4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were all older than he. 5But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.
6So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied:
I am young in years,
while you are old;
therefore I was timid and afraid
to tell # Jb 15:17; 36:2 you what I know.
7I thought that age should speak
and maturity should teach wisdom.
8But it is a spirit in man # Or is the Spirit in a person
and the breath # Gn 2:7; Jb 33:4; Is 42:5 of the Almighty
that give him understanding.
9It is not only the old who are wise
or the elderly who understand how to judge.
10Therefore I say, “Listen to me.
I too will declare what I know.”
11Look, I waited for your conclusions;
I listened to your insights
as you sought for words.
12I paid close attention to you.
Yet no one proved Job wrong;
not one of you refuted his arguments.
13So do not claim, “We have found wisdom;
let God deal with him, not man.”
14But Job has not directed his argument to me,
and I will not respond to him with your arguments.
15Job’s friends are dismayed and can no longer answer;
words have left them.
16Should I continue to wait now that they are silent,
now that they stand there and no longer answer?
17I too will answer; # Lit answer my part
yes, I will tell what I know.
18For I am full of words,
and my spirit # Lit and the spirit of my belly compels me to speak. # Jb 19:3; 32:18; Ac 4:20
19My heart # Lit belly is like unvented wine;
it is about to burst like new wineskins. # Jb 15:35; 37:1; Pr 20:27,30
20I must speak so that I can find relief;
I must open my lips and respond.
21I will be partial to no one, # Dt 10:17; Jb 13:8; 34:19
and I will not give anyone an undeserved title.
22For I do not know how to give such titles;
otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.