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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 to speak unto Job, because they were older 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 declare you mine opinion.

7 I said: 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

8 But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty, that giveth them understanding.

9 It is not the great that are wise, nor the aged that discern judgment.

10 Therefore I say: 'Hearken to me; I also will declare mine opinion.'

11 Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasons, 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 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; words are departed from them.

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 declare mine opinion.

18 For I am full of words; the spirit within me constraineth me.

19 Behold, mine inwards are as wine which hath no vent; like new wine-skins which are ready to burst.

20 I will speak, that I may find relief; 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.