Job 32:7
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New International Version
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'

New Living Translation
I thought, 'Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.'

English Standard Version
I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’

Berean Study Bible
I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.

New American Standard Bible
"I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.

King James Bible
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
I once believed age was the source of wisdom;

Good News Translation
I told myself that you ought to speak, that you older men should share your wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.

International Standard Version
I thought, experience should speak; abundance of years teaches wisdom.

NET Bible
I said to myself, 'Age should speak, and length of years should make wisdom known.'

New Heart English Bible
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I thought, 'Age should speak, and experience should teach wisdom.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
I said: 'Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

New American Standard 1977
“I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said, Days shall speak, and the multitude of years shall declare wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

American King James Version
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

American Standard Version
I said, Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I hoped that greater age would speak, and that a multitude of years would teach wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
I said, Let days speak, and multitude of years teach wisdom.

English Revised Version
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

World English Bible
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

Young's Literal Translation
I said: Days do speak, And multitude of years teach wisdom.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
6So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite declared: “I am young in years, while you are old; that is why I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know. 7I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom. 8But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.…
Cross References
1 Kings 12:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How do you advise me to respond to these people?” he asked.

2 Chronicles 10:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How do you advise me to respond to these people?” he asked.

Job 8:8
Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.

Job 8:9
For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 12:12
Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.

Job 15:10
Both the gray-haired and the aged are on our side—men much older than your father.

Job 32:9
It is not only the old who are wise, or the elderly who understand justice.

Psalm 119:100
I discern more than the elders, because I obey Your precepts.

Treasury of Scripture

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Job 8:8-10 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself …

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

1 Kings 12:6-8 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon …

Psalm 34:11,12 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD…

Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel…

Proverbs 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…







Verse 7. - I said; i.e. "I kept saying to myself, when the desire to interrupt came upon me." Days should speak. Age should give wisdom, and the speech of the old should be most worthy of being attended to. Elihu had been brought up in this conviction, and therefore refrained himself. And multitude of years should teach wisdom. "Old experience should attain to something of prophetic strain." "One ought to give attention," says Aristotle, "to the mere unproved assertions of wise and aged men, as much as to the actual demonstrations of others" ('Eth. Nit.,' 6:11, ad fin. comp. also Job 10:12; Job 15:10; Proverbs 16:31). I said, days should speak,.... That is, men of days, of many days, who have lived many days and years in the world: man in common is but of few days, even the most that men arrive to are but few; and some indeed are very few, in comparison of whom others may be said to be men of days, or to have lived many days; and to such it belongs to speak, it is their place, nor should they be prevented or interrupted; it should be allowed them to speak, nor should they be hindered; and it is their duty to speak and instruct juniors, and all that are under them; and it might be reasonably expected, that when they speak it will be to the purpose, and to profit and edification:

and multitude of years should teach wisdom; that is, such over whom many have passed; these it may be thought, having had an opportunity of making their observation on things, and of increasing experience, and of treasuring up a stock of knowledge, they should be very capable of, and indeed the only fit persons to teach others wisdom; either natural wisdom, or the knowledge of natural things; or divine wisdom, the knowledge of God, of his perfections and providences; and inward, spiritual, and evangelical wisdom, which lies in the knowledge of a man's self; in the knowledge of God in Christ; in the knowledge of Christ and of the Gospel of Christ, and the truths of it: this was a sentiment Elihu had entertained of ancient men, and this had restrained him from entering sooner into this debate between Job and his friends; they all being his superiors in age, and, as from thence he judged, in wisdom and knowledge also. 7. Days—that is, the aged (Job 15:10).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.



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