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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    SO these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
[2]  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.
[3]  Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
[4]  Now Elihu had waited 1 to speak unto Job, because they were elder than he.
[5]  And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
[6]  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 show you mine opinion.
[7]  I said, Days should speak,
And multitude of years should teach wisdom.
[8]  But there is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
[9]  It is not the great that are wise,
Nor the aged that understand justice.
[10]  Therefore I said, 2 Hearken to me;
I also will show mine opinion.
[11]  Behold, I waited for your words,
I listened for your reasonings,
Whilst ye searched out what to say
[12]  Yea, I attended unto you,
And, behold, there was none that convinced Job,
Or that answered his words, among you.
[13]  Beware 3 lest ye say, We have found wisdom;
God may vanquish him, not man:
[14]  For he hath not directed his words against me;
Neither will I answer him with your speeches.
[15]  They are amazed, they answer no more:
They have not a word to say.
[16]  And shall I wait, because they speak not,
Because they stand still, and answer no more?
[17]  I also will answer my part,
I also will show mine opinion.
[18]  For I am full of words;
The spirit within me constraineth me.
[19]  Behold, my breast is as wine which hath no vent;
Like new wine-skins it 4 is ready to burst.
[20]  I will speak, that I may be 5 refreshed;
I will open my lips and answer.
[21]  Let me not, I pray you, respect any man’s person;
Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.
[22]  For I know not to give flattering titles;
Else would my Maker soon take me away.
Note 1. Heb. waited for Job with words. [back]
Note 2. Or, say. [back]
Note 3. Or, Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom; God thrusteth him down, not man: now he &c. [back]
Note 4. Or, which are ready. [back]
Note 5. Or, find relief. [back]


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