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1 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.

3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him. [^1]

4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.

5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.

6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: ¶ "I am young in years, ¶ and you are old; ¶ that is why I was fearful, ¶ not daring to tell you what I know.

7 I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'

8 But it is the spirit [^2] in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

9 It is not only the old [^3] who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.

10 "Therefore I say: Listen to me; ¶ I too will tell you what I know.

11 I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; ¶ while you were searching for words,

12 I gave you my full attention. ¶ But not one of you has proved Job wrong; ¶ none of you has answered his arguments.

13 Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.'

14 But Job has not marshaled his words against me, and I will not answer him with your arguments.

15 "They are dismayed and have no more to say; ¶ words have failed them.

16 Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?

17 I too will have my say; I too will tell what I know.

18 For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me;

19 inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst.

20 I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.

21 I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;

22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.