So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, though they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were older than he. But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.
Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answered:
“I am young in years,
and you are aged;
therefore I was timid and afraid
to declare my opinion to you.
I said, ‘Let days speak,
and many years teach wisdom.’
But truly it is the spirit in a mortal,
the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding.
It is not the old that are wise,
nor the aged that understand what is right.
Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me;
let me also declare my opinion.’
“See, I waited for your words,
I listened for your wise sayings,
while you searched out what to say.
I gave you my attention,
but there was in fact no one that confuted Job,
no one among you that answered his words.
Yet do not say, ‘We have found wisdom;
God may vanquish him, not a human.’
He has not directed his words against me,
and I will not answer him with your speeches.
“They are dismayed, they answer no more;
they have not a word to say.
And am I to wait, because they do not speak,
because they stand there, and answer no more?
I also will give my answer;
I also will declare my opinion.
For I am full of words;
the spirit within me constrains me.
My heart is indeed like wine that has no vent;
like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
I must speak, so that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer.
I will not show partiality to any person
or use flattery toward anyone.
For I do not know how to flatter—
or my Maker would soon put an end to me!
“Surely, you have spoken in my hearing,
and I have heard the sound of your words.
You say, ‘I am clean, without transgression;
I am pure, and there is no iniquity in me.
Look, he finds occasions against me,
he counts me as his enemy;
he puts my feet in the stocks,
and watches all my paths.’
“But in this you are not right. I will answer you:
God is greater than any mortal.
Why do you contend against him,
saying, ‘He will answer none of my words’?
For God speaks in one way,
and in two, though people do not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on mortals,
while they slumber on their beds,
then he opens their ears,
and terrifies them with warnings,
that he may turn them aside from their deeds,
and keep them from pride,
to spare their souls from the Pit,
their lives from traversing the River.
They are also chastened with pain upon their beds,
and with continual strife in their bones,
so that their lives loathe bread,
and their appetites dainty food.
Their flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen;
and their bones, once invisible, now stick out.
Their souls draw near the Pit,
and their lives to those who bring death.
Then, if there should be for one of them an angel,
a mediator, one of a thousand,
one who declares a person upright,
and he is gracious to that person, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down into the Pit;
I have found a ransom;
let his flesh become fresh with youth;
let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
then he prays to God, and is accepted by him,
he comes into his presence with joy,
and God repays him for his righteousness.
That person sings to others and says,
‘I sinned, and perverted what was right,
and it was not paid back to me.
He has redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit,
and my life shall see the light.’
“God indeed does all these things,
twice, three times, with mortals,
to bring back their souls from the Pit,
so that they may see the light of life.
Pay heed, Job, listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
If you have anything to say, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Elihu continued and said:
“Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
I will bring my knowledge from far away,
and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words are not false;
one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power and justice,
and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore mortals fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
Published: 11/12/2017 12:00 AM
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