Job 32:20
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.

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

New King James Version
I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.

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

NASB 1995
"Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer.

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

Amplified Bible
“I must speak so that I may get relief; 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.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall speak and it will relieve me; I shall open my lips and I shall give an answer

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will speak, that I may open my lips and relieve myself.

Contemporary English Version
if I don't speak. *

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
I speak, and there is refreshment to me, "" I open my lips and answer.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.

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









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I must speak
אֲדַבְּרָ֥ה (’ă·ḏab·bə·rāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

and find relief;
וְיִֽרְוַֽח־ (wə·yir·waḥ-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7304: To breathe freely, revive, to have ample room

I must open
אֶפְתַּ֖ח (’ep̄·taḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

my lips
שְׂפָתַ֣י (śə·p̄ā·ṯay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

and respond.
וְאֶֽעֱנֶֽה׃ (wə·’e·‘ĕ·neh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond


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