Job 32:6
New International Version
So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.

New Living Translation
Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said, “I am young and you are old, so I held back from telling you what I think.

English Standard Version
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.

Berean Study Bible
So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite declared: “I am young in years, while you are old; that is why I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.

King James Bible
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

New King James Version
So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; Therefore I was afraid, And dared not declare my opinion to you.

New American Standard Bible
So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said, “I am young in years and you are old; Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think.

NASB 1995
So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said, "I am young in years and you are old; Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think.

NASB 1977
So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said, “I am young in years and you are old; Therefore I was shy and afraid to tell you what I think.

Amplified Bible
Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite said, “I am young, and you are aged; For that reason I was anxious and dared not tell you what I think.

Christian Standard Bible
So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old; therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old; therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.

American Standard Version
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; Wherefore I held back, and durst not show you mine opinion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Elihu, son of Barakiel the Buzite answered, and he said: “Because I am lesser than you in days, and you are Elders, because of this I was afraid and I was shaken to show you my knowledge

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Elius the Buzite the son of Barachiel answered and said, I am younger in age, and ye are elder, wherefore I kept silence, fearing to declare to you my own knowledge.

Contemporary English Version
and he said to them: I am much younger than you, so I have shown respect by keeping silent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Eliu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said : I am younger in days, and you are more ancient; therefore hanging down my head, I was afraid to shew you my opinion.

English Revised Version
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I held back, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

Good News Translation
and began to speak. I am young, and you are old, so I was afraid to tell you what I think.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Elihu, son of Barachel, the descendant of Buz, replied [to Job], "I am young, and you are old. That's why I refrained from speaking and was afraid to tell you what I know.

International Standard Version
Barachel's son Elihu from Buz responded and said: I'm younger than you are. Because you're older, I was terrified to tell you what I know.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: I am young, and ye are very old; Wherefore I held back, and durst not declare you mine opinion.

Literal Standard Version
And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answers and says: “I [am] young in days, and you [are] aged; Therefore I have feared, "" And am afraid of showing you my opinion.

NET Bible
So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite spoke up: "I am young, but you are elderly; that is why I was fearful, and afraid to explain to you what I know.

New Heart English Bible
Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzite answered, "I am young, and you are very old; Therefore I held back, and did not dare show you my opinion.

World English Bible
Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, "I am young, and you are very old; Therefore I held back, and didn't dare show you my opinion.

Young's Literal Translation
And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answereth and saith: -- Young I am in days, and ye are age Therefore I have feared, And am afraid of shewing you my opinion.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
5But when he saw that the three men had no further reply, his anger was kindled. 6So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite declared: “I am young in years, while you are old; that is why I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know. 7I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.…

Cross References
Job 15:10
Both the gray-haired and the aged are on our side--men much older than your father.

Job 32:2
This kindled the anger of Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram. He burned with anger against Job for justifying himself rather than God,

Job 32:5
But when he saw that the three men had no further reply, his anger was kindled.


Treasury of Scripture

And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and you are very old; why I was afraid, and dared not show you my opinion.

I am

Leviticus 19:32
Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

Romans 13:7
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

1 Timothy 5:1
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

young.

Job 15:10
With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

durst not.

Job 15:7
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

1 Samuel 17:28-30
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle…









(6) I am young.--The way in which Elihu comes forward is very interesting, and full of character. It gives us also a picture of the times and habits.

Verses 6-22. - The speech of Elihu now begins. In the present chapter, after a short apologetic exordium, excusing his youth (vers. 6-9), he addresses himself exclusively to Job's friends. He has listened attentively to them, and weighed their words (vers. 11, 12). but has found nothing in them that confuted Job. They had not "found wisdom" - they had not "vanquished Job" - at the last they had been "amazed, and had not had a word more to say" (vers. 13-16). Elihu, therefore, will supply their deficiency; he has kept silence with difficulty, and is full of thoughts, to which he would fain give utterance (vers. 17-20). In all that he says he will show no favouritism - he will "accept no man's-person," "give no flattering titles," but express sincerely what he believes (vers. 21, 22). Verse 6. - And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old. We can only guess at the exact ages of Job and his friends. From the fact that God at the last "gave Job twice as much as he had before" (Job 42:10), and the further fact that he lived, after he had recovered his prosperity, a hundred and forty years (Job 42:16), it has been conjectured that he was seventy years of age at the time of his conference with his friends, and that he died at the age of two hundred and ten. But this clearly is quite uncertain. He may not have been much more than fifty when his calamities fell upon him. If this were so, the age of his friends need not have exceeded from sixty to seventy. Perhaps Elihu was himself not more than thirty. Wherefore I was afraid, and durst not show you mine opinion; rather, I held back and was afraid to utter what I knew in your presence. Elihu would have been thought unduly pushing and presumptuous if he had ventured to come forward until his seniors had ended their colloquy.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So Elihu
אֱלִיה֖וּא (’ĕ·lî·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 453: Elihu -- 'He is (my) God', five Israelites

son
בֶן־ (ḇen-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of Barachel
בַּֽרַכְאֵ֥ל (ba·raḵ·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1292: Barachel -- 'El does bless', the father of one of Job's friends

the Buzite
הַבּוּזִ֗י (hab·bū·zî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 940: Buzite -- a Buzite

declared:
וַיַּ֤עַן ׀ (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

“I
אֲנִ֣י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

am young
צָ֘עִ֤יר (ṣā·‘îr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6810: Little, insignificant, young

in years,
לְ֭יָמִים (lə·yā·mîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

while you
וְאַתֶּ֣ם (wə·’at·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are old;
יְשִׁישִׁ֑ים (yə·šî·šîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 3453: An old man

that is why
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

I was timid
זָחַ֥לְתִּי (zā·ḥal·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2119: To shrink back, crawl away

and afraid
וָֽאִירָ֓א ׀‪‬ (wā·’î·rā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

to tell you
מֵחַוֺּ֖ת (mê·ḥaw·wōṯ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2331: To live, to declare, show

what I know.
דֵּעִ֣י (dê·‘î)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1843: Knowledge, opinion


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