Job 32:4
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New International Version
Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.

New Living Translation
Elihu had waited for the others to speak to Job because they were older than he.

English Standard Version
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he.

New American Standard Bible
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he.

King James Bible
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were all older than he.

International Standard Version
Elihu waited to have a word with Job, since the others were older than he,

NET Bible
Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job, because the others were older than he was.

New Heart English Bible
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were elder than he.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Elihu waited as they spoke to Job because they were older than he was.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were older than he.

New American Standard 1977
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now Elihu had waited until Job had spoken because they were all elder than he.

King James 2000 Bible
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were older than he.

American King James Version
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

American Standard Version
Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were elder than he.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So Eliu waited while Job was speaking, because they were his elders that were speaking.

Darby Bible Translation
But Elihu had waited till Job had finished speaking, because they were older than he.

English Revised Version
Now Elihu had waited to speak unto Job, because they were elder than he.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken because they were older than he.

World English Bible
Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were elder than he.

Young's Literal Translation
And Elihu hath waited earnestly beside Job with words, for they are older than he in days.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
3And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were years older than he. 5And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.…
Cross References
Job 32:3
And his anger burned against his three friends because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Job 32:5
And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of the three men his anger burned.
Treasury of Scripture

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

waited till Job had spoken. Heb. expected Job in words

Job 32:11,12 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst …

Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

elder. Heb. elder for days

(4) Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken.--Literally, Had waited in words for or regarding Job; that is, as some understand it, had waited to speak unto Job, or, more probably, had waited till the argument was closed to declare his opinion with reference to Job. The line taken by Elihu is an intermediate one, and is neither that of Job nor his friends. He admits the integrity of Job--or, at least, he does not deny it--although he uses very strong expressions as to the course which Job has adopted (Job 34:7-9; Job 34:35-37); but he considers that the Divine afflictions have a disciplinary object, and that they may be sent because God has discerned the seeds of unfaithfulness and defection in the sufferer; and this may serve to explain their purpose in the case of Job. He has very lofty ideas of the righteousness of God (Job 34:10, &c.), and of His power and majesty (Job 37:22). He holds that with regard to the Almighty we cannot find Him out, but that we may safely trust His mercy and His justice. This is the position to which he leads Job when the Lord answers him out of the whirlwind.

Verse 4. - Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken; rather, to speak to Job (see the Revised Version) He had waited impatiently until the three special "friends" had said their say, and be might come forward without manifest presumption. Because they were elder than he. (On the respect paid to age at this time in the land wherein Job lived, see the comment on Job 29:8.) Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken,.... Made an end of speaking, until he had thus expressed himself, "the words of Job are ended", Job 31:40, and waited likewise until his three friends had said all they had to say, and which is here supposed and implied, as appears by what follows:

because they were elder than he; it may be added, from the original text, "in", or "as two days" (l); they had lived longer in the world than he, and therefore did not take upon him to speak till they had done; he, as became a young man, was swift to hear, and slow to speak; that they were old men, appears from what Eliphaz says, Job 15:10.

(l) "diebus", Beza, Montanus, Mercerus; "quod ad dies", Schultens. 4. had spoken—Hebrew, "in words," referring rather to his own "words" of reply, which he had long ago ready, but kept back in deference to the seniority of the friends who spoke.32:1-5 Job's friends were silenced, but not convinced. Others had been present. Elihu was justly displeased with Job, as more anxious to clear his own character than the justice and goodness of God. Elihu was displeased with Job's friends because they had not been candid to Job. Seldom is a quarrel begun, more seldom is a quarrel carried on, in which there are not faults on both sides. Those that seek for truth, must not reject what is true and good on either side, nor approve or defend what is wrong.
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