Job 32:1 – 33:7

Young Elihu Speaks
Job 32 – 37
Elihu Expresses His Desire to Speak
Job 32:1 – 33:7

For He is Angry (32:1-5)

1 And these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then was kindled the anger of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram: against Job was his anger kindled, because he justified himself rather than God; 3 and against his three friends was his anger kindled, because they found no answer, and yet condemned Job. 4 But Elihu had waited till Job had finished speaking, because they were older than he. 5 And Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger was kindled.

For Wisdom is Not Limited to the Aged (32:6-14)

 6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are aged; wherefore I was timid, and feared to shew you what I know. 7 I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom. 8 But there is a spirit which is in man; and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 9 It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment. 10 Therefore I say, Hearken to me; I also will shew what I know. 11 Lo, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasonings, until ye searched out what to say. 12 Yea, I gave you mine attention, and behold, there was none of you that confuted Job, that answered his words; 13 That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; GOD will make him yield, not man. 14 Now he hath not directed his words against me; and I will not answer him with your speeches. …

For He is Compelled (32:15-22)

By Their Silence (32:15-17)

15 They were amazed, they answered no more; words failed them. 16 And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more; — 17 I will answer, I also in my turn, I also will shew what I know:

By the Spirit Within Him (32:18-20)

18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; like new flasks, it is ready to burst. 20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer. 

By His Desire to be Impartial (32:21-22)

21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person; neither will I give flattery to man. 22 For I know not how to flatter; my Maker would soon take me away. 

For He Believes He Can Help Job (33:1-7)

He Speaks Pure Knowledge From an Upright Heart (33:1-3)

1 Howbeit, Job, I pray thee, hear mine utterances, and hearken to all my words. 2 Behold now, I have opened my mouth, my tongue speaketh in my palate, 3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart, and my lips shall utter knowledge purely.

He Can be as Job’s Spokesman Before God (33:4-7)

4 The Spirit of GOD hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 5 If thou canst, answer me; array thy words before me: take thy stand. 6 Behold, before GOD I am as thou; I also am formed out of the clay. 7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, nor my burden be heavy upon thee.