The Word of God: Job 32:1-10, 32:19-33:1, 33:19-28 – September 7, 2020

1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; 3he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, though they had declared Job to be in the wrong. 4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were older than he. 5But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.

6Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answered: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. 7I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ 8But truly it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding. 9It is not the old that are wise, nor the aged that understand what is right. 10Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.’

19My heart is indeed like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst. 20I must speak, so that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer. 21I will not show partiality to any person or use flattery toward anyone. 22For I do not know how to flatter – or my Maker would soon put an end to me!

1″But now, hear my speech, O Job, and listen to all my words.

19They are also chastened with pain upon their beds, and with continual strife in their bones, 20so that their lives loathe bread, and their appetites dainty food. 21Their flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen; and their bones, once invisible, now stick out. 22Their souls draw near the Pit, and their lives to those who bring death. 23Then, if there should be for one of them an angel, a mediator, one of a thousand, one who declares a person upright, 24and he is gracious to that person, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the Pit; I have found a ransom; 25let his flesh become fresh with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.’ 26Then he prays to God, and is accepted by him, he comes into his presence with joy, and God repays him for his righteousness. 27That person sings to others and says, ‘I sinned, and perverted what was right, and it was not paid back to me. 28He has redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit, and my life shall see the light.’

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