Elihu Answers Job
32[1-5] So these three men stopped arguing with Job, because he was good in his own eyes. Then the anger of Elihu, the child of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram was kindled against Job. He was angry because Job believed he was more right than God. Also Job was angry at his three friends, because they had found no answer, and still had condemned him. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were older than he. When Elihu saw that these three men had no answer, he was angry.
[6-12] Elihu, the child of Barachel the Buzite, answered, “I’m young, and you’re very old; So I held back, and didn’t dare tell you what I thought. I thought, ‘Days should speak, and number of years should teach wisdom.’ But there’s a spirit in human beings, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. It’s not only the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice. So I thought, ‘Listen to me; I also will tell you what I think.’ See, I waited for what you’d say, and I listened for your reasoning while you thought of what to say. Yes, I gave you my full attention, but there was no one who convinced Job, or who answered his words, among you.
[13-17] Becareful not to say, ‘We’ve found wisdom, God may refute him, not human beings; ‘ for he hasn’t directed his words against me; nor will I answer him with your words. They’re amazed and say no more. They don’t have a word to say. Should I wait, because they don’t speak, because they stand still, and answer nothing more? I also will answer, and tell you what I think.
[18-22] I’m full of words and the spirit within me pushs me to say them. See, my breast is like wine which has no vent; like new wineskins that are ready to burst. I’ll speak, that I may be refreshed. I’ll open my lips and answer. Please don’t let me give any respect to a human beings’s person, nor will I flatter any human being with titles. I don’t even know how to give flattering titles; or else my Maker would soon take me away.
33[1-6] But, Job, Please hear what I say, and listen to all my words. See now, I’ve opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken. My words will speak the goodness of my heart. What my lips know they’ll speak sincerely. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. If you can, tell me. Put your words in order for me, and stand up. See, I’m the same as you are before God. I’m also formed out of the same clay.
[7-13] See, fear of me won’t make you afraid, neither will my pressure be heavy on you. Truly you’ve said in my hearing, I’ve heard the sound of your words, saying, ‘I’m fit without disobedience. I’m innocent, nor is there sin in me. See, God finds occasions against me and counts me an enemy. God puts my feet in the stocks and watches me everywhere I go.’ See, I’ll answer you. In this you’re not just, for God is greater than a human being. Why do you fight against God; God doesn’t give account for anything?
[14-22] God speaks once, yes twice, though we pay no attention. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on us, while slumbering in the bed; then God opens our ears, and tells us what to do, to withdraw us from our plans, and keep us from being proud. God keeps their souls from the pit, and their life from ending. They’re corrected also with pain on their bed with continual pain in their bones; so that they can’t even eat their food, and even their favorite foods. Their skin rots away, so that it can’t be seen. Their bones that weren’t seen stick out. Yes, their soul draws near to the grave, and their life to the destroyers.
[23-28] If there stands beside them an angel, a mediater, one among a thousand, to show to human beings what’s right for them; then God is gracious to them, and says, ‘Save them from Hell, I’ve paid the price.’Their body will be newer than a child’s. They return to the days of their youth. They pray to God, and God is favorable to them, so that they see God’s face with joy. God restores to human beings their goodness. They sing before others, and say, ‘I’ve sinned, and made wrong what was right, and it didn’t do me any good. God has saved my soul from going to Hell. My life will see the light.’
[29-33] See, God works all these things, twice, yes three times with everyone, to bring back their soul from Hell, that they may be enlightened with the light of the living. Pay attention, Job, and listen to me. Hold your peace, and I’ll speak. If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I want to justify you. If not, listen to me. Hold your peace, and I’ll teach you wisdom.
34[1-6] Then Elihu said, “Hear my words, you the wise. Listen to me, you who have knowledge. For the ear tests words, as the palate tastes food. Let us choose for us what’s right. Let us know among ourselves what’s good. Job has said, ‘I’m good, God has taken away my right; even though I’m right I’m thought of as a liar. My wound is incurable, though I’m without disobedience.’ What human being is like Job who mocks God so freely, who goes along with those living in sin, and walks with evildoers? For he has said, ‘It does no good if someone walks in joy with God.’
[10-15] So listen to me, you people of understanding; far be it from God to do such an evil thing, from the Almighty to sin. God will repay everyone for what they do, and cause everyone to be repaid for their ways. Yes Truly, God won’t do evil, nor will the Almighty bend justice. Who gave God a charge over the earth? or who has set God over the whole world? If God was selfish, and took the spirit and breath back, all humanity would die together, and human beings would turn to dust again.
[16 -20] If now you understand, hear this. Listen to the sound of my voice. Will even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn one who is good and strong? Who says to a ruler, ‘ You are evil!’ or to the rich, ‘You are sinful!’? Who doesn’t respect the persons of leaders, nor think of the rich more than the poor; for they’re all the work of God’s hands. In a moment they die, even at midnight. The people are shaken and pass away. The strong are taken away without a hand.
[21-28] God’s eyes are on the ways of everyone and sees all they do. There is no darkness, nor thick gloom where the sinful may hide themselves. God doesn’t need to think anyone further, that they should go before God in judgment. God breaks in pieces the strong in ways past finding out, and sets others in their place. So God knows their works and overturns them in the night, so that they’re destroyed. God fights them as sinners in the open sight of others; because they turned away from following God, and wouldn’t pay attention to any of God’s ways, so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to God, who heard the cry of the troubled.
[29-32] When God gives peace, who then can condemn? When the face of God is hidden, who then can see God? It’s the same whether to a nation, or to a person, so that the godless may not rule, so that there be no one to entrap the people. For has anyone said to God, ‘I’m guilty, but I won’t offend any more. Teach me what I don’t see. If I’ve sinned, I won’t do it anymore’?
[33 -37] Should God repay as you want. God will repay whether you like it or not! You must choose, and not I. So say what you know. People of understanding will tell me, yes, every wise person who hears me says, ‘ Job speaks without knowledge, words that are without wisdom. I wish that Job were tested to the end, because he speaks like sinners. For he adds rebellion to his sin. He claps his hands among us, and says many words against God.”
Elihu Speaks Further
35[1-4] Then Elihu said, “Do you think this to be your right, or do you say, ‘My goodness is more than God’s,’ that you ask, ‘What advantage will it be to you? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?’ I’ll answer you, and your friends with you.
[5-11] Look to the heavens, and see. See the skies, which are higher than you. If you’ve sinned, what effect do you have against God? If your sins are many, what do you do to God? If you’re good, what do you give God? Or what does God get from your hand? Your evil may hurt a human like you, and your goodness may help a human being. Because of the many abuses they cry out. They cry for help because of the arm of the strong. But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?’
[12-16] There they cry, but no one answers, because of the pride of evil people. Truly, God won’t hear an empty cry, nor will the Almighty pay attention to it. How much less when you say you don’t see God. The case is before God, for whom you wait! But now, because God hasn’t visited in anger, nor pays attention to pride, so you open your mouth with empty talk, and say many words without knowledge.”
36[1-6] Elihu also continued, saying, “Put up with me a little, and I’ll show you; for I still have something to say on God’s behalf. I’ll get my knowledge from afar, and will credit goodness to my Maker. Truly, my words aren’t false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you. See, God is strong, and doesn’t hate anyone. God has great wisdom. God doesn’t save the life of the sinful, but gives to the troubled their right.
[7-12] God doesn’t stop watching over the good, but God sets rulers on the throne up forever, and they’re uplifted. If they’re chained in fetters, and are taken in the cords of troubles, then God shows them their work, and their sins, that they’ve behaved themselves proudly. He also opens their ears to teaching, and tells them that they must return from sin. If they listen and serve God, they’ll spend their days in doing well, and their years in happiness. But if they don’t listen, they’ll die in war; they’ll die without knowledge.
[13-17] But those who are godless in heart lay up God’s anger. They don’t cry for help when God punishes them. They die in their youth. Their life is among the unfit. God frees the abused out of their troubles, and speaks to them in their abuse. Yes, God would have moved you out of trouble, into a wide open space where there is no limit. What’s set on your table would be full of goodness. But you’re being judged as the sinful. Judgment and justice have caught up with you.
[18-24] Don’t let riches trick you into making a wrong judgment, nor let the great size of a bribe turn you aside. Would your wealth save you in trouble, or all the force of your strength? Don’t want the night when people die in their place. Be careful, don’t think of sin; for you’ve chosen this rather than trouble. See, God has great power. Who can teach us like God? Who could tell God which way to go? Or who can say, ‘You’ve done ungodliness?’ Remember that you praise God’s works in which people have sung.
[25 -29] All men have looked on it. Human beings see it very far away. See, God is great, whom we can’t know. No one knows how old God is. God evaporates the drops of water which come down in rain from its vapor, which the skies pour down and which drop on human beings very much. Yes, can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of God’s house?
[30-33] See, God’s light shines out. God covers the bottom of the sea. By these God judges the people. God gives us much food. God’s hands hold the lightning bolts and tells it to strike the mark. Its noise tells us that God is near, and the livestock also about the storm that comes up.
37[1-5] Yes, at this my heart trembles, and is moved out its place. Hear, oh, hear the noise of God’s voice, the sound that goes out of God’s mouth. God sends it forth under the whole sky, and the lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, a voice roars. God thunders with an awesome voice. Nothing is held back when God’s voice is heard. God’s voice thunders wonderfully. God does great things, which we can’t understand.
[6 -14] God says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth; ‘ likewise to the shower of rain, and to the strong rain. God marks the hand of everyone, that all whom God has made may know it. Then the animals take cover, and are left in their dens. The storm comes out of its place, and cold out of the north. By the breath of God, ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen. Yes, God loads the thick cloud with moisture, and spreads out the cloud with its lightning. God guides where they go, that they may do whatever God tells them on the face of the earth, whether it’s for correction, or for the land, or for loving kindness, that it comes. Listen to this, Job. Stand still, and think about the wondrous works of God.
[15 -20] Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning to shine out of the cloud? Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of the One who is perfect in knowledge? You whose clothing is warm when the earth is still because of the south wind? Can you with God, spread out the sky, which is as strong as a cast metal mirror? Teach us what we’ll say to God, for we can’t make our case because of darkness. Will it be told God that I want to speak? Or should anyone wish that they were swallowed up?
[21-24] Now no one sees the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them. Out of the north comes golden splendor. With God is wonderful awesomeness. We can’t reach the Almighty, who has great power. In justice and great goodness, God won’t abuse. So human beings respect God. God doesn’t consider any who are wise of heart.”
- Job 8-14 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)