Job 32:20
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New International Version
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.

New Living Translation
I must speak to find relief, so let me give my answers.

English Standard Version
I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

Berean Study Bible
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and respond.

New American Standard Bible
"Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer.

King James Bible
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

Christian Standard Bible
I must speak so that I can find relief; I must open my lips and respond.

Contemporary English Version
if I don't speak. *

Good News Translation
I can't stand it; I have to speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I must speak so that I can find relief; I must open my lips and respond.

International Standard Version
"Let me speak! I need relief! Let me open my lips and respond.

NET Bible
I will speak, so that I may find relief; I will open my lips, so that I may answer.

New Heart English Bible
I will speak, that I may be refreshed. I will open my lips and answer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I must speak to get relief. I must open my mouth and answer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer.

New American Standard 1977
“Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will speak, that I may be able to breathe; I will open my lips and answer.

King James 2000 Bible
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

American King James Version
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

American Standard Version
I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will speak and take breath a little : I will open my lips, and will answer.

Darby Bible Translation
I will speak, that I may find relief; I will open my lips and answer.

English Revised Version
I will speak, that I may be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

World English Bible
I will speak, that I may be refreshed. I will open my lips and answer.

Young's Literal Translation
I speak, and there is refreshment to me, I open my lips and answer.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
19Behold, my belly is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like a new wineskin. 20I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and respond. 21I will be partial to no one, nor will I flatter any man.…
Cross References
Job 32:19
Behold, my belly is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like a new wineskin.

Job 32:21
I will be partial to no one, nor will I flatter any man.

Treasury of Scripture

I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

I will speak

Job 13:13,19 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will…

Job 20:2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

be refreshed. Heb. breathe. I will open

Proverbs 8:6,7 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my …







Verse 20. - I will speak, that I may be refreshed; rather, that I may obtain relief; or, according to some, "that I may be able to breathe" (Cook, Rosenmuller). Elihu feels almost suffocated by conflicting feelings of rage (vers. 1-3), disappointment (vers. 11, 12), and anxiety to vindicate God's honour (ver. 2). I will open my lips and answer. In the remainder of Elihu's discourse the attempt is made to "answer" Job (see ch. 33-37), with what success will be considered elsewhere. I will speak, that I may be refreshed,.... That his mind might be made easy; the matter it was full of lay with much weight upon it, pressed him hard, and gave him pain; and therefore he determines to speak his mind, and disburden himself: so a minister of the word speaks sometimes to the refreshment of others, the Gospel being a word in season to weary souls, bread to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, even wine to them that are of an heavy heart; and especially it is refreshing when the love of God is shed abroad in the heart through it, and the presence of God is enjoyed under it; and sometimes he speaks to the refreshment of himself with others, Romans 15:32; and whether it be so, one or the other, yet a faithful minister eases his mind, discharges his conscience, and is clear from the blood of all, when he truly and fully declares the whole counsel of God, so far as he is acquainted with it:

I will open my lips and answer; speak freely and boldly what was upon his mind, and he had to say, and which he judged would be a sufficient answer to Job; the opening of his lips is a phrase used by him in allusion to the opening of a bottle, full of new wine, the metaphor before expressed by him. 20. refreshed—literally, "that there may be air to me" (1Sa 16:23).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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