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1 So had these three men abstained from answering Job; because he was righteous in his own eyes.

2 Thereupon 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 had declared himself more righteous than God.

3 And against his three friends was his wrath kindled; because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

4 Now Elihu had held back toward Job his words; because the others were older in days than he.

5 But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then was his wrath kindled.

6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite commenced, and said, Young am I in days, and ye are very old: therefore I hesitated and feared to show you what I know.

7 I had said, Days shall speak, and multitude of years shall make wisdom known.

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

9 Not those rich in years must be always wise: neither do the aged constantly understand what is just.

10 Therefore do I say, Hearken to me: I also will show forth what I know myself.

11 Behold, I waited for your words: I gave an attentive ear to your reasonings, till you might have searched out the proper words.

12 And now I understand you fully, and, behold, there is none that convinceth Job, or, that answereth his speeches among you.

13 Say then not, We have found wisdom: God will thrust him down, not man.

14 But he hath not directed any words against me: and with your speeches will I not answer him.

15 They are dismayed, they answer no more: words have escaped away from them.

16 And should I wait longer, because they cannot speak, because they stand stilt and answer no more?

17 But I also will surely answer my part, I myself also will show forth what I know;

18 For I am full of words, the spirit in my bosom urgeth me hard.

19 Behold, my bosom is like fresh wine which hath not been opened: like new bottles it is ready to burst.

20 I will speak, that I may breathe freer: I will open my lips and answer.

21 On no account will I show undue favor to any man, and to no son of earth will I give flattering titles.

22 For I know not to give flattering titles; for else my Maker would speedily carry me away.