Job Chapter 32
Eliu is angry with Job and his friends. He boasts of himself.
32:1. So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just to himself.
32:2. And Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite of the kindred of Ram, was angry and was moved to indignation: now he was angry against Job, because he said he was just before God.
32:3. And he was angry with his friends, because they had not found a reasonable answer, but only had condemned Job.
32:4. So Eliu waited while Job was speaking because they were his elders that were speaking.
32:5. But when he saw that the three were not able to answer, he was exceedingly angry.
32:6. Then Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, and said: I am younger in days, and you are more ancient, therefore hanging down my head, I was afraid to shew you my opinion.
32:7. For I hoped that greater age would speak, and that a multitude of years would teach wisdom.
32:8. But, as I see, there is a spirit in men, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth understanding.
32:9. They that are aged are not the wise men, neither do the ancients understand judgment.
32:10. Therefore I will speak: Hearken to me, I also will shew you my wisdom.
32:11. For I have waited for your words, I have given ear to your wisdom, as long as you were disputing in words.
32:12. And as long as I thought you said some thing, I considered: but, as I see, there is none of you that can convince Job, and answer his words.
32:13. Lest you should say: We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.
32:14. He hath spoken nothing to me, and I will not answer him according to your words.
32:15. They were afraid, and answered no more, and they left off speaking.
32:16. Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken: they stood, and answered no more:
32:17. I also will answer my part, and will shew my knowledge.
32:18. For I am full of matter to speak of, and the spirit of my bowels straiteneth me.
32:19. Behold, my belly is as new wine which wanteth vent, which bursteth the new vessels.
32:20. I will speak and take breath a little: I will open my lips, and will answer.
32:21. I will not accept the person of man, and I will not level God with man.
I will not level God with man. . .Here Eliu considers that Job hath put himself on a level with God, by the manner he assumed to justify his own life in speaking to God as if he spoke to an equal: Eliu expresses in the following ver. 22 his fear of punishment hereafter for such an attempt.
32:22. For I know not how long I shall continue, and whether after a while my Maker may take me away.