So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Heb. from answering. righteous.
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.
Heb. his soul.
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
waited till Job had spoken
Heb. expected Job in words.
Heb. elder for days.
When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
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.
Heb. few of days. ye are.
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
I waited for
Heb. understandings. Instead of tevoonotheychem, nine MSS. read techoonotheychem, "your arguments;" but the sense is nearly the same.
Ad tachkeroon millin, "whilst ye were searching for words;" a fine irony, which they must have felt.
what to say
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
We‚deychem is rendered "and your testimonies," by the Syriac, Arabic, and LXX., and one of De Rossi's Mss. (874) is so pointed as to require this reading.
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
left off speaking
Heb. removed speeches from themselves.
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
Heb. words. the spirit.
Heb. of my belly.
Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
hath no vent
Heb. is not opened. new.
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
I will speak
Heb. breathe. I will open.
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
I know not
That is, I cannot.