Job 32:21
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New International Version
I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;

New Living Translation
I won't play favorites or try to flatter anyone.

English Standard Version
I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.

New American Standard Bible
"Let me now be partial to no one, Nor flatter any man.

King James Bible
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will be partial to no one, and I will not give anyone an undeserved title.

International Standard Version
I won't discriminate against anyone, and I won't flatter any person,

NET Bible
I will not show partiality to anyone, nor will I confer a title on any man.

New Heart English Bible
Please do not let me respect any man's person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I won't be partial toward anyone or flatter anyone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let me not, I pray you, respect any man's person; Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.

New American Standard 1977
“Let me now be partial to no one;
            Nor flatter any man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will not now be a respecter of persons, neither will I give flattering titles unto man.

King James 2000 Bible
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattery unto man.

American King James Version
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man.

American Standard Version
Let me not, I pray you, respect any man's person; Neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will not accept the person of man, and I will not level God with man.

Darby Bible Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man.

English Revised Version
Let me not, I pray you, respect any man's person; neither will I give flattering titles unto any man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man.

World English Bible
Please don't let me respect any man's person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.

Young's Literal Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept the face of any, Nor unto man give flattering titles,
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
20"Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer. 21"Let me now be partial to no one, Nor flatter any man. 22"For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:15
'You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.

Job 13:8
"Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?

Job 13:10
"He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality.

Job 32:20
"Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer.

Job 32:22
"For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.

Job 34:19
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
Treasury of Scripture

Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man.

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Job 13:8 Will you accept his person? will you contend for God?

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

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2 Samuel 14:17,20 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be …

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and …

Acts 24:2,3 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, …

Verse 21. - Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person. Elihu hopes that, in what he is about to say, he will not permit himself to be swayed by any personal bias; that he will neither unduly favour the upper classes nor the vulgar (see Professor Lee, on the difference between אישׁ and אדם 'Book of Job,' p. 444), but will treat all fairly and equitably. Neither let me (he says) give flattering titles unto man. Professor Lee observes on this: "The Oriental practice of giving long and fulsome titles is too well known to need anything beyond the mere mention of the fact." Elihu certainly, in the whole of his address, flatters no one. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person,.... Neither the person of Job, because of his poverty and affliction, indulging too much to pity and commiseration, and affecting to get a good name from others for it; nor the persons of his three friends, on account of their wealth and grandeur; for neither the persons of the poor, nor of the rich, are to be regarded in judgment, or in the decision of any matter between them, but truth and justice are to be attended to; see Exodus 23:3. Elihu was determined with himself not to respect the person of any, and he hopes that Job and his friends would bear with him, and excuse him on that account:

neither let me give flattering titles unto men; he does not mean titles of civil honour and respect, which belong to men, and are in common use among men, according to the different stations of life, men are in; for honour is to be given to whom it is due; and it is no piece of flattery to give men their proper and usual titles, as it was not in the Evangelist Luke, and in the Apostle Paul, Luke 1:3; but he means such titles that do not belong to men, and are unsuitable unto them, and only given them by way of flattery; as to call a man wise and prudent when he is the reverse; or a holy, just, and good man, when he is a very wicked one. Elihu was resolved not to act such a part, and he hopes the persons he had to deal with would not take it amiss that he spake his mind plainly and freely, and called a spade a spade; not must they or any other expect to be complimented by him with the characters of wise and prudent, just and good, if they did not appear to him to be so. According to Ben Gersom the sense is, that he would not hide a man's name under epithets, but call him by his proper name; he would not do as they had done by Job, who, under covert names, meant him; as when they described a wicked man, and an hypocrite, designed him, but did not say so express words; now Elihu suggests, that, should Job or they appear to him to have acted a wrong part, he should tell them plainly of it, and say, thou art the man. 21. "May I never accept," etc. Elihu alludes to Job's words (Job 13:8, 10), wherein he complains that the friends plead for God partially, "accepting His person." Elihu says he will not do so, but will act impartially between God and Job. "And I will not give flattery," etc. (Pr 24:23).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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