1So these three men ceased from answering Job, for he was righteous in his own eyes.2But the anger of E‧li′hu the son of Bar′a‧chel the Buz′ite of the family of Ram came to be hot. Against Job his anger blazed over his declaring his own soul righteous rather than God.3Also, against his three companions his anger blazed over the fact that they had not found an answer but they proceeded to pronounce God wicked.4And E‧li′hu himself had waited for Job with words, because they were older than he was in days.5And E‧li′hu gradually saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger kept getting hotter.6And E‧li′hu the son of Bar′a‧chel the Buz′ite proceeded to answer and say:
“Young I am in days
And YOU men are aged.
That is why I drew back and was afraid
To declare my knowledge to YOU men.
7I said, ‘Days themselves should speak,
And a multitude of years are what should make wisdom known.’
8Surely it is the spirit in mortal men
And the breath of the Almighty [that] gives them understanding.
9It is not those merely abundant in days that prove wise,
Nor those just old that understand judgment.
10Therefore I said, ‘Do listen to me.
I shall declare my knowledge, even I.’
11Look! I have waited for the words of YOU men,
I kept giving ear to YOUR reasonings,
Until YOU could search for words [to say].
12And to YOU I kept my attention turned,
And here there is no one reproving Job,
None of YOU answering his sayings,
13That YOU may not say, ‘We have found wisdom;
It is God that drives him away, not a man.’
14As he has not arrayed words against me,
So with the sayings of YOU men I shall not reply to him.
15They have been terrified, they have answered no more;
Words have moved away from them.
16And I have waited, for they do not continue speaking;
For they stood still, they answered no more.
19Look! My belly is like wine that has no vent;
Like new skin bottles it wants to burst open.
20Let me speak that it may be a relief to me.
I shall open my lips that I may answer.