1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
1 These three men stopped responding to Job, because he was claiming to be righteous, in his own opinion.
1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes [and could not be persuaded otherwise by them].
2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
2 But then Barachel's son Elihu from Buz, one of Ram's descendants, got really angry. He was furious with Job because he had been declaring himself righteous instead of vindicating God.
2 But Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became indignant. His indignation was kindled and burned and he became upset with Job because he justified himself rather than God [and even expressed doubts about God’s character].
3 And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
3 Furthermore, he was furious with his three friends because they had not answered Job, but instead had condemned him.
3 Elihu’s anger burned against Job’s three friends because they had found no answer [and were unable to determine Job’s error], and yet they had condemned Job and declared him to be in the wrong [and responsible for his own afflictions].
4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were all older than he.
4 Elihu waited to have a word with Job, since the others were older than he,
4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because the others were years older than he.
5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
5 But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.
5 but when he saw that there had been no response from those three, he got even more angry.
5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he burned with anger.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
6 Barachel's son Elihu from Buz responded and said: "I'm younger than you are. Because you're older, I was terrified to tell you what I know.
6 Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite said,“I am young, and you are aged;For that reason I was anxious and dared not tell you what I think.
7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
7 I thought that age should speakand maturity should teach wisdom.
7 I thought, experience should speak; abundance of years teaches wisdom.
7 “I thought age should speak,And a multitude of years should teach wisdom.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
8 However, a spirit exists in mankind, and the Almighty's breath gives him insight."
9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
9 It is not only the old who are wiseor the elderly who understand how to judge.
9 "The aged aren't always wise, nor do the elderly always understand justice.
9 “Those [who are] abundant in years may not [always] be wise,Nor may the elders [always] understand justice.
10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
10 Therefore I say, “Listen to me.I too will declare what I know.”
10 Therefore I'm saying, "Listen to me!' Then I'll declare what I know.
10 “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me;I also will give you my opinion [about Job’s situation] and tell you plainly what I think.’
11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
11 Look, I waited for your conclusions;I listened to your insightsas you sought for words.
11 "Look! I have waited to hear your speech, so I listened to your insights while you searched for the right words to say.
11 “You see, I waited for your words,I listened to your [wise] reasons,While you pondered and searched out what to say.
12 Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
12 I paid close attention to you.Yet no one proved Job wrong;not one of you refuted his arguments.
12 Indeed, I paid close attention to you all, but none of you were able to refute Job or answer his arguments convincingly.
12 “I even paid close attention to [what] you [said],Indeed, not one of you convinced Job [nor could you refute him],Not one of you supplied [satisfactory] answers to his words.
13 Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
13 So do not claim, “We have found wisdom;let God deal with him, not man.”
13 "So that you cannot claim, "We have found wisdom!' let God do the rebuking, not man;
13 “Beware if you say,‘We have found wisdom;God thrusts Job down [justly], not man [for God alone is dealing with him].’
14 Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
14 But Job has not directed his argument to me,and I will not respond to him with your arguments.
14 let him not direct a rebuke toward me. I won't be responding to him with your arguments.
14 “Now Job has not directed his words against me [therefore I have no reason to be offended],Nor will I answer him with arguments like yours. [I speak for truth, not for revenge.]
15 They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
15 Job’s friends are dismayed and can no longer answer;words have left them.
15 "Job's friends won't reason with him anymore; discouraged, words escape them.
15 “They (Job’s friends) are dismayed and embarrassed, they no longer answer;The words have moved away and failed them,” [says Elihu].
16 When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
16 Should I continue to wait now that they are silent,now that they stand there and no longer answer?
16 Shall I continue to wait, since they're no longer talking? After all, they're only standing there; they're no longer responding.
16 “And shall I wait, because they say nothing,But stand still and say no more?
17 “I too will answer my share,I also will tell my opinion.
17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
17 "I will contribute my arguments as an answer; I'll declare what I know,
17 “I too will give my share of answers;I too will express my opinion and share my knowledge.
18 “For I am full of words;The spirit within me constrains me.
18 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
18 because I'm filled with things to say, and my spirit within me compels me to speak.
18 “For I am full of words;The spirit within me constrains me.
19 “Behold, my belly is like unvented wine,Like new wineskins it is about to burst.
19 Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
19 My insides feel like unvented wine, like it's about to burst like a new wineskin.
19 “My belly is like unvented wine;Like new wineskins it is about to burst.
20 “Let me speak that I may get relief;Let me open my lips and answer.
20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
20 I must speak so that I can find relief;I must open my lips and respond.
20 "Let me speak! I need relief! Let me open my lips and respond.
20 “I must speak so that I may get relief;I will open my lips and answer.
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
21 I won't discriminate against anyone, and I won't flatter any person,
21 “I will not [I warn you] be partial to any man [that is, let my respect for you mitigate what I say];Nor flatter any man.
22 “For I do not know how to flatter,Else my Maker would soon take me away.
22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
22 For I do not know how to give such titles;otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.
22 since I don't know the first thing about how to flatter; and the one who made me would sweep me away as if I were nothing."
22 “For I do not know how to flatter, [in an appropriate way, and I fear that],My Maker would soon take me away.
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