1. So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

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.

3. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

4. Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken because they were older than he.

5. When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

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 show you my opinion.

7. I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

8. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

9. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

10. Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show my opinion.

11. Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

12. Yes, I attended to you, and behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:

13. Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

14. Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.

15. They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

16. When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

17. I said, I will answer also my part, I also will show my opinion.

18. For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

19. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.

20. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: 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 to man.

22. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing, my Maker would soon take me away.

1. Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

2. Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

3. My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

4. The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

5. If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

6. Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.

7. Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

8. Surely thou hast spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

9. I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

10. Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

11. He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

12. Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

13. Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

14. For God speaketh once, yes twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

15. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

16. Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

17. That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

18. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

19. He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:

20. So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food.

21. His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.

22. Yes, his soul draweth near to the grave, and his life to the destroyers.

23. If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness:

24. Then he is gracious to him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

25. His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he will return to the days of his youth:

26. He shall pray to God, and he will be favorable to him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render to man his righteousness.

27. He looketh upon men, and if any shall say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

28. He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

29. Lo, all these things God often worketh with man,

30. To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

31. Mark well, O Job, hearken to me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.

32. If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

33. If not, hearken to me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

1. Furthermore Elihu answered and said,

2. Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear to me, ye that have knowledge.

3. For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth food.

4. Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

5. For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.

6. Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.

7. What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?

8. Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

9. For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

10. Therefore hearken to me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

11. For the work of a man he shall render to him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

12. Yes, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

13. Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

14. If he should set his heart upon man, if he should gather to himself his spirit and his breath;

15. All flesh would perish together, and man would turn again to dust.

16. If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

17. Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?

18. Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

19. How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

20. In a moment they shall die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.

21. For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

22. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23. For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.

24. He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.

25. Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

26. He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;

27. Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:

28. So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

29. When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:

30. That the hypocrite may not reign, lest the people should be ensnared.

31. Surely it is meet to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

32. That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

33. Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou shalt refuse, or whether thou shalt choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

34. Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken to me.

35. Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

36. My desire is that Job may be tried to the end, because of his answers for wicked men.

37. For he addeth rebellion to his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

1. Elihu spoke moreover, and said,

2. Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?

3. For thou saidst, What advantage will it be to thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

4. I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.

5. Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.

6. If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions are multiplied, what doest thou to him?

7. If thou art righteous, what givest thou to him? or what receiveth he from thy hand?

8. Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art: and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.

9. By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

10. But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

11. Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

12. There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

13. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

14. Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.

15. But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:

16. Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

1. Elihu also proceeded, and said,

2. Suffer me a little, and I will show thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.

3. I will bring my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

4. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

5. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

6. He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

7. He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yes, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.

8. And if they are bound in fetters, and are held in cords of affliction;

9. Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

10. He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

11. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

12. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

13. But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.

14. They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.

15. He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

16. Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table would be full of fatness.

17. But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

18. Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

19. Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

20. Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

21. Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

22. Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

23. Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

24. Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

25. Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.

26. Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

27. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor of it.

28. Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly.

29. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?

30. Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.

31. For by them he judgeth the people; he giveth food in abundance.

32. With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the intervening cloud.

33. The noise of it showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapor.

1. At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of its place.

2. Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.

3. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.

4. After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellence; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

5. God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things he doeth, which we cannot comprehend.

6. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

7. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

8. Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

9. From the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold from the north.

10. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

11. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

12. And it is turned around by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commandeth them upon the face of the world on the earth.

13. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

14. Hearken to this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

15. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

16. Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?

17. How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

18. Hast thou with him spread out the sky which is strong, and as a molten looking-glass?

19. Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

20. Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.

21. And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

22. Fair weather cometh from the north: with God is terrible majesty.

23. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in abundance of justice: he will not afflict.

24. Men therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

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