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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 elder 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 shew you mine 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 shew mine opinion.

11 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye 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:

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 spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine 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 unto man.

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

Commentary for Job 32

Elihu is displeased at the dispute between Job and his friends. (1-5) He reproves them. (6-14) He speaks without partiality. (15-22)1-5 Job's friends were silenced, but not convinced. Others had been present. Elihu was justly displeased with Job, as more anxious to clear his own character than the justice and goodness of God. Elihu was displeased with Job's friends because they had not been candid to Job. Seldom is a quarrel begun, more seldom is a quarrel carried on, in which there are not faults on both sides. Those that seek for truth, must not reject what is true and good on either side, nor approve or defend what is wrong.

6-14 Elihu professes to speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and corrects both parties. He allowed that those who had the longest experience should speak first. But God gives wisdom as he pleases; this encouraged him to state his opinion. By attention to the word of God, and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, young men may become wiser than the aged; but this wisdom will render them swift to hear, slow to speak, and disposed to give others a patient hearing.

15-22 If we are sure that the Spirit of God suggested what we are about to say, still we ought to refrain, till it comes to our turn to speak. God is the God of order, not of confusion. It is great refreshment to a good man, to speak for the glory of the Lord, and to edify others. And the more we consider the majesty of God, as our Maker, and the more we dread his wrath and justice, the less shall we sinfully fear or flatter men. Could we set the wrath Lord always before us, in his mercies and his terrors, we should not be moved from doing our duty in whatever we are called to do.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 32

  • Bruce on Job 32
    A True Heart Breaking Story. Job is Also Mentioned in The Book of Ezekiel 14:14,20 and James 5:11
  • Wayne thomas on Job 32
    The book of Job is a part of our Holy Bible. There are reasons that God made this to Be that I don't know. If I am correct, it is a poetic book of fiction by an unknown author yet the character named Elihu expresses Christ-like praise of God The Father. I am in awe of this demonstration of our Heavenly Father's Faithful presence in His Children's lives since He first created us.

  • A disciple on Job 32
    Hi Anne; I wondered for some time about who was this Elihu. And I have to put him among the others who arrogantly misjudged and falsely accused Job; and he wasn't anywhere as bright as his love of self and youthful pride purported. And what was the LORD's answer out of the whirlwind about the presumptuous speech? "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?"
  • Anne on Job 32
    Elihu, waited until his elders has spoken because he gave his opinion. God gives wisdom to the young and the old.
  • Bob K on Job 32:2
    Elihu wrath was kindled against Job because He justified Himself Rather Than God, Job had a severe trial here. He looked at himself and said, I don 't see anything wrong with me. There was only one thing God could do: Try him and humble him until he listened.
  • Nweke uchenna on Job 32
    i think that the chapter teaches me that some time s the strongest sign of wisdom may be silence.
  • Wow.. on Job 32
    Always loved starting at this chapter...Listen in those three guys .. but you gotta listen I guess..I was actually talking this fourth man with the most evil man..Now I know why cuz the guy that teachers it would no its no evil man he was jealous....Anyway fascinating book..
  • NanaSarpong on Job 32
    In life, you need to fall down with every possession you have left your hands and see friends, family members and the world you live in, to see who they are. In todayís world, we donít walk in spirit world anymore; we only see what our eye sees. There are some times we forget we have God who made this universe; he looks over both the spiritual and the physical worlds in all at once.


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