Day 086

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

Day 086

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

English Standard Version (ESV)


Job 32

32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.

And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said:

“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 it is the spirit in man,
the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
It is not the old who are wise,
nor the aged who understand what is right.
10 Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me;
let me also declare my opinion.’

11 “Behold, I waited for your words,
I listened for your wise sayings,
while you searched out what to say.
12 I gave you my attention,
and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job
or who answered his words.
13 Beware lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom;
God may vanquish him, not a man.’
14 He has not directed his words against me,
and I will not answer him with your speeches.

15 “They are dismayed; they answer no more;
they have not a word to say.
16 And shall I wait, because they do not speak,
because they stand there, and answer no more?
17 I also will answer with my share;
I also will declare my opinion.
18 For I am full of words;
the spirit within me constrains me.
19 Behold, my belly is like wine that has no vent;
like new wineskins ready to burst.
20 I must speak, that I may find relief;
I must open my lips and answer.
21 I will not show partiality to any man
or use flattery toward any person.
22 For I do not know how to flatter,
else my Maker would soon take me away.


King James Version (KJV)


Job 32:1-22

1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.2Then 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.3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.4Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.6And 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 mine opinion.7I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.8But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.9Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.10Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will show mine opinion.11Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.12Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:13Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.14Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.15They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.16When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)17I said, I will answer also my part, I also will show mine opinion.18For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.19Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.20I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.21Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.22For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.


Study Journal Questions
  1. Why was Elihu angry?
  2. How did Elihu respect those who were older than him?
  3. Who does Elihu identify as wise? why?
  4. Which of the 5 people who have spoken in the book of Job do you relate to the most? why?
Together Challenge

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