Job 32:21
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English Standard Version
I will not show partiality to any man or use flattery toward any person.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 They are amazed, they answer no more,

Words have fled from them.

16 And I waited, for they spake not,

For they stand still, they answer no more.

17 Therefore I also will answer for my part,

I will declare my knowledge, even I.

In order to give a more rapid movement and an emotional force to the speech, the figure asyndeton is introduced in Job 32:15, as perhaps in Jeremiah 15:7, Ew. 349, a. Most expositors render העתּיקוּ passively, according to the sense: they have removed from them, i.e., are removed from them; but why may העתיק not signify, like Genesis 12:8; Genesis 26:22, to move away, viz., the tent equals to wander on (Schlottm.)? The figure: words are moved away (as it were according to an encampment broken up) from them, i.e., as we say: they have left them, is quite in accordance with the figurative style of this section. It is unnecessary to take והוחלתּי, Job 32:16, with Ew. (342, c) 2 and Hirz. as perf. consec. and interrogative: and should I wait, because they speak no more? Certainly the interrog. part. sometimes disappears after the Waw of consequence, e.g., Ezekiel 18:13, Ezekiel 18:24 (and will he live?); but by what would והוחלתי be distinguished as perf. consec. here? Hahn's interpretation: I have waited, until they do not speak, for they stand ... , also does not commend itself; the poet would have expressed this by עד לא ידברו, while the two כי, especially with the poet's predilection for repetition, appear to be co-ordinate. Elihu means to say that he has waited a long time, surprised that the three did not speak further, and that they stand still without speaking again. Therefore he thinks the time is come for him also to answer Job. אענה cannot be fut. Kal, since where the 1 fut. Kal and Hiph. cannot be distinguished by the vowel within the word (as in the Ayin Awa and double Ayin verbs), the former has an inalienable Segol; it is therefore 1 fut. Hiph., but not as in Ecclesiastes 5:19 in the signification to employ labour upon anything (lxx περισπᾶν), but in an intensive Kal signification (as הזעיק for זעק, Job 35:9, comp. on Job 31:18): to answer, to give any one an answer when called upon. Ewald's supposedly proverbial: I also plough my field! (192, c, Anm. 2) does unnecessary violence to the usage of the language, which is unacquainted with this הענה, to plough. It is perfectly consistent with Elihu's diction, that חלקי beside אני as permutative signifies, "I, my part," although it might also be an acc. of closer definition (as pro parte mea, for my part), or even - which is, however, less probable - acc. of the obj. (my part). Elihu speaks more in the scholastic tone of controversy than the three.

Job 32:21 Parallel Commentaries

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accept

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 regards the rich more than the poor?...

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty...

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of the face of man...

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true...

flattering

2 Samuel 14:17,20 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God...

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man...

Acts 24:2,3 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness...

Cross References
Leviticus 19:15
"You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

Job 13:8
Will you show partiality toward him? Will you plead the case for God?

Job 13:10
He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality.

Job 32:20
I must speak, that I may find relief; I must 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 more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

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