Job 32:12
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English Standard Version
I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words.

King James Bible
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:

American Standard Version
Yea, I attended unto you, And, behold, there was none that convinced Job, Or that answered his words, among you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as long as I thought you said some thing, I considered : but, as I see, there is none of you that can convince Job, and answer his words.

English Revised Version
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none that convinced Job, or that answered his words, among you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, I attended to you, and behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6b I am young in days, and ye are hoary,

Therefore I stood back and was afraid

To show you my knowledge.

7 I:thought: Let age speak,

And the multitude of years teach wisdom.

It becomes manifest even here that the Elihu section has in part a peculiar usage of the language. זחל in the signification of Arab. zḥl, cogn. with Arab. dḥl, דּחל, to frighten back;

(Note: The lexicographers explain the Arab. zḥl by zâla (זול), to stand away from, back, to retreat, or tanahha, to step aside; Piel, Hiph., to push any one aside, place anything back; Hithpa., to keep one's self on one side; adj. זחל, זחיל, זחוּל, etc., standing back. Thus the town of Zahla in the plain of the Lebanon takes its name from the fact that it does not stand out in the plain, but is built close at the foot of the mountain in a corner, and consequently retreats. And zuhale (according to the Kamus) is an animal that creeps backwards into its hole, e.g., the scorpion; and hence, improperly, a man who, as we say with a similar figure, never comes out of his hole, always keeps in his hole, i.e., never leaves his dwelling, as zuhal in general signifies a man who retires or keeps far from active life; in connection with which also the planet Saturn is called Zuhal, the retreating one, on account of its great distance from the rest. Slippery (of ground) is זחלוּל, because it draws the foot backwards (muzhil) by its smoothness, and thus causes the walker to fall. A further formation is זחלק, to be slippery, and to slip in a slippery place; beside which, זלק, a word of similar meaning, is no longer used in Syria. According to this Arabic primary notion of zḥl, it appears זחלי ארץ, Micah 7:17, is intended to describe the serpents not as creeping upon the earth, but as creeping into the earth (comp. the name of the serpent, achbi' at el-ard, those that hide themselves in the earth); but in Talmud. and Aram. זחל used of animals has the general signification to creep, and of water, to glide (flow gently down). The primary notion, to glide (to slip, creep, flow gently, labi), is combined both in the derivatives of the root זח and in those of the root זל with the notion of a departing and retreating motion. - Wetzst. and Fl.)

and דּע for דּעת (here and Job 32:10, Job 32:17; Job 36:3; Job 37:16) occurs nowhere else in the Old Testament; על־כּן (comp. לכן, Job 42:3) is used only by Elihu within the book of Job. ימים, days equals fulness of days, is equivalent to advanced age, old age with its rich experience. רב with its plural genitive is followed (as כל sa( d usually is) by the predicate in the plur.; it is the attraction already described by מספר, Job 15:10; Job 21:21, Ges. 148, 1.

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unto you (We?deychem is rendered 'and your testimonies,' by the Syriac, Arabic, and LXX., and one of De Rossi's Mss. (874) is so pointed as to require this reading.)

behold

Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

1 Timothy 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Cross References
Job 32:11
"Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.

Job 32:13
Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.'

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