Job 32:16
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New International Version
Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?

New Living Translation
Should I continue to wait, now that you are silent? Must I also remain silent?

English Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?

New American Standard Bible
"Shall I wait, because they do not speak, Because they stop and no longer answer?

King James Bible
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand there and no longer answer?

International Standard Version
Shall I continue to wait, since they're no longer talking? After all, they're only standing there; they're no longer responding.

NET Bible
And I have waited. But because they do not speak, because they stand there and answer no more,

New Heart English Bible
Shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should I wait because they don't speak, because they stand there and don't have any more answers?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

New American Standard 1977
“And shall I wait, because they do not speak,
            Because they stop and answer no more?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I waited, (for they did not speak, but stopped, and answered no more);

King James 2000 Bible
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

American King James Version
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

American Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken : they stood, and answered no more :

Darby Bible Translation
And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more; --

English Revised Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, because they stand still, and answer no more?

Webster's Bible Translation
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

World English Bible
Shall I wait, because they don't speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?

Young's Literal Translation
And I have waited, but they do not speak, For they have stood still, They have not answered any more.)
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
15"They are dismayed, they no longer answer; Words have failed them. 16"Shall I wait, because they do not speak, Because they stop and no longer answer? 17"I too will answer my share, I also will tell my opinion.…
Cross References
Job 32:15
"They are dismayed, they no longer answer; Words have failed them.

Job 32:17
"I too will answer my share, I also will tell my opinion.
Treasury of Scripture

When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

Job 13:5 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that …

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

(16) When I had waited.--Or, as some render it, "And shall I wait because they speak not?" But they stand still and make no further reply.

Verse 16. - When I had waited (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more); rather, as in the Revised Version, and shall 1 wait because they speak not, because they stand still and answer no more? Am I to wait until they shall have recovered themselves, and found something to answer? Surely this is not necessary. Neither courtesy nor etiquette prescribes it. Especially when I have waited so long, and have so much to say, and am so exceedingly anxious to say it (see vers. 18-20). Elihu shows all the impatience and ardour of a young speaker (see ver. 6), and feels the confidence that young men so often feel in the wisdom and persuasiveness of their words (comp. Job 33:1-6). When one had waited,.... To observe whether they would make any reply to what he had said, or any objection to his engaging in the controversy:

for they spake not; were as mute as fishes:

but stood still; like statues, had no power to move, neither to sit down nor to depart, but were as if all life, sense, and motion, were gone from them:

and answered no more; or not at all; for it does not appear that they had given him any answer before, as well as not now. 32:15-22 If we are sure that the Spirit of God suggested what we are about to say, still we ought to refrain, till it comes to our turn to speak. God is the God of order, not of confusion. It is great refreshment to a good man, to speak for the glory of the Lord, and to edify others. And the more we consider the majesty of God, as our Maker, and the more we dread his wrath and justice, the less shall we sinfully fear or flatter men. Could we set the wrath Lord always before us, in his mercies and his terrors, we should not be moved from doing our duty in whatever we are called to do.
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