Elihu Is Upset with Job's Friends 32 1Finally, these three men stopped arguing with Job, because he refused to admit he was guilty. 2Elihu from Buz[Z] was there, and he had become upset with Job for blaming God instead of himself. 3He was also angry with Job's three friends for not being able to prove that Job was wrong. 4Elihu was younger than these three, and he let them speak first. 5But he became irritated when they could not answer Job, 6and he said to them: I am much younger than you, so I have shown respect by keeping silent. 7I once believed age was the source of wisdom; 8now I truly realize wisdom comes from God. 9Age is no guarantee of wisdom and understanding. 10That's why I ask you to listen to me. I Eagerly Listened 11 I eagerly listened to each of your arguments, 12but not one of you proved Job to be wrong. 13You shouldn't say, “We know what's right! Let God punish him.” 14Job hasn't spoken against me, and so I won't answer him with your arguments. 15All of you are shocked; you don't know what to say. 16But am I to remain silent, just because you have stopped speaking? 17No! I will give my opinion, 18because I have so much to say, that I can't keep quiet. 19I am like a swollen wineskin, and I will burst[A] 20if I don't speak. 21 I don't know how to be unfair or to flatter anyone— 22if I did, my Creator would quickly destroy me!
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