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Elihu Claims Wisdom

32:6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite spoke up:14

“I am young,15 but you are elderly;

that is why I was fearful,16

and afraid to explain17 to you what I know.

32:7 I said to myself, ‘Age18 should speak,19

and length of years20 should make wisdom known.’

32:8 But it is a spirit in people,

the breath21 of the Almighty,

that makes them understand.

32:9 It is not the aged22 who are wise,

nor old men who understand what is right.

32:10 Therefore I say, ‘Listen23 to me.

I, even I, will explain what I know.’

32:11 Look, I waited for you to speak;24

I listened closely to your wise thoughts,25 while you were searching for words.

32:12 Now I was paying you close attention,26

yet27 there was no one proving Job wrong,28

not one of you was answering his statements!

32:13 So do not say,29 ‘We have found wisdom!

God will refute30 him, not man!’

32:14 Job31 has not directed32 his words to me,

and so I will not reply to him with your arguments.33


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