Job 32:11
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New International Version
I waited while you spoke, I listened to your reasoning; while you were searching for words,

New Living Translation
"I have waited all this time, listening very carefully to your arguments, listening to you grope for words.

English Standard Version
“Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, While you pondered what to say.

King James Bible
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, I waited for your conclusions; I listened to your insights as you sought for words.

International Standard Version
"Look! I have waited to hear your speech, so I listened to your insights while you searched for the right words to say.

NET Bible
Look, I waited for you to speak; I listened closely to your wise thoughts,while you were searching for words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I waited for you to speak. I listened for you to share your understanding until you could find the right words.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your arguments, while ye searched out what to say.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, while you searched out what to say.

American King James Version
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst you searched out what to say.

American Standard Version
Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasonings, Whilst ye searched out what to say.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have waited for your words, I have given ear to your wisdom, as long as you were disputing in words.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasonings, until ye searched out what to say.

English Revised Version
Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

World English Bible
"Behold, I waited for your words, and I listened for your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I have waited for your words, I give ear unto your reasons, Till ye search out sayings.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:6-14 Elihu professes to speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and corrects both parties. He allowed that those who had the longest experience should speak first. But God gives wisdom as he pleases; this encouraged him to state his opinion. By attention to the word of God, and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, young men may become wiser than the aged; but this wisdom will render them swift to hear, slow to speak, and disposed to give others a patient hearing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Behold, I waited for your words; i.e. "I was full of expectation; I waited impatiently to hear what you would say." Then, while you spoke, I gave ear to your reasons - or, your reasonings; I did my best to apprehend your meaning - whilst ye searched out what to say. Professor Lee translates, "whilst ye examined Job's conclusions; but the Authorized Version is probably correct. Elihu means that he listened carefully while the friends hunted out all the arguments they could think of in order to confute Job.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, I waited for your words,.... With great desire, with great eagerness and earnestness, in hope of meeting with arguments fully satisfying and convincing; he waited for them, as for the rain, and the latter rain, to be revived, refreshed, and edified therewith; and he patiently waited until they had done speaking:

I gave ear to your reasons, or "understandings" (r); endeavoured to get into the sense and meaning of their words; not only attended to what they did say, but to what he thought they meant to say: some are not so happy in their expressions; and yet, by what they do say, with close attention it may be understood what they aim at, what is their drift and design; this Elihu was careful to attain unto, not barely to hear their words, but penetrate, if possible, into their meaning:

whilst ye searched out what to say; for they did not make their replies to Job immediately, and say what came uppermost at once, but they took time to think of things, and to search out for the most forcible arguments to refute Job, and strengthen their cause; it is very probable they made a pause at the end of every speech of Job's, and considered what was proper to be said in reply, and, perhaps, consulted each other.

(r) "usque ad intellignetias vestras", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Schultens; "usque ad sensa vestra", Beza, Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Therefore Elihu was present from the first.

reasons—literally, "understandings," that is, the meaning intended by words.

whilst—I waited until you should discover a suitable reply to Job.

Job 32:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
10"So I say, 'Listen to me, I too will tell what I think.' 11"Behold, I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, While you pondered what to say. 12"I even paid close attention to you; Indeed, there was no one who refuted Job, Not one of you who answered his words.…
Cross References
Job 32:10
"Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.

Job 32:12
I gave you my full attention. But not one of you has proved Job wrong; none of you has answered his arguments.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst you searched out what to say.

I waited for

Job 32:4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

Job 29:21,23 To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel…

reasons. Heb. understandings (Instead of tevoonotheychem, nine MSS. read techoonotheychem, 'your arguments;' but the sense is nearly the same.)

whilst (Ad tachkeroon millin, 'whilst ye were searching for words;' a fine irony, which they must have felt.)

Job 5:27 See this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes …

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding …

Ecclesiastes 12:9,10 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

what to say. Heb. words

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