Job 32:16
New International Version
Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there with no reply?

New Living Translation
Should I continue to wait, now that you are silent? Must I also remain silent?

English Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?

Berean Study Bible
Must I wait now that they are silent, now that they stand and no longer reply?

New American Standard Bible
"Shall I wait, because they do not speak, Because they stop and no longer answer?

King James Bible
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

Christian Standard Bible
Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand there and no longer answer?

Contemporary English Version
But am I to remain silent, just because you have stopped speaking?

Good News Translation
Shall I go on waiting when they are silent? They stand there with nothing more to say.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand there and no longer answer?

International Standard Version
Shall I continue to wait, since they're no longer talking? After all, they're only standing there; they're no longer responding.

NET Bible
And I have waited. But because they do not speak, because they stand there and answer no more,

New Heart English Bible
Shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should I wait because they don't speak, because they stand there and don't have any more answers?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

New American Standard 1977
“And shall I wait, because they do not speak, Because they stop and answer no more?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I waited, (for they did not speak, but stopped, and answered no more);

King James 2000 Bible
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

American King James Version
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

American Standard Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, Because they stand still, and answer no more?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I waited, (for I had not spoken,)because they stood still, they answered not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore because I have waited, and they have not spoken : they stood, and answered no more :

Darby Bible Translation
And I waited, for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more; --

English Revised Version
And shall I wait, because they speak not, because they stand still, and answer no more?

Webster's Bible Translation
When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

World English Bible
Shall I wait, because they don't speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?

Young's Literal Translation
And I have waited, but they do not speak, For they have stood still, They have not answered any more.)
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
15Job’s friends are dismayed and have no more to say; words have escaped them. 16Must I wait now that they are silent, now that they stand and no longer reply? 17I too will answer; yes, I will declare what I know.…
Cross References
Job 32:15
Job's friends are dismayed and have no more to say; words have escaped them.

Job 32:17
I too will answer; yes, I will declare what I know.

Treasury of Scripture

When I had waited, (for they spoke not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

Job 13:5
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Proverbs 17:28
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Amos 5:13
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.







Lexicon
Must I wait
וְ֭הוֹחַלְתִּי (wə·hō·w·ḥal·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3176: To wait, to be patient, hope

now that
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they are silent,
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

now that
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they stand
עָ֝מְד֗וּ (‘ā·mə·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

and no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

longer
עֽוֹד׃ (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

reply?
עָ֥נוּ (‘ā·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond
(16) When I had waited.--Or, as some render it, "And shall I wait because they speak not?" But they stand still and make no further reply.

Verse 16. - When I had waited (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more); rather, as in the Revised Version, and shall 1 wait because they speak not, because they stand still and answer no more? Am I to wait until they shall have recovered themselves, and found something to answer? Surely this is not necessary. Neither courtesy nor etiquette prescribes it. Especially when I have waited so long, and have so much to say, and am so exceedingly anxious to say it (see vers. 18-20). Elihu shows all the impatience and ardour of a young speaker (see ver. 6), and feels the confidence that young men so often feel in the wisdom and persuasiveness of their words (comp. Job 33:1-6). 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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