Job 32:7
New International Version
I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’

New Living Translation
I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’

English Standard Version
I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’

Berean Study Bible
I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.

King James Bible
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

New King James Version
I said, ‘Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’

New American Standard Bible
“I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.

NASB 1995
“I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.

NASB 1977
“I thought age should speak, And increased years should teach wisdom.

Amplified Bible
“I thought age should speak, And a multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.

American Standard Version
I said, Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have said, ‘days are speaking and a multitude of years teach wisdom’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I said, It is not time that speaks, though in many years men know wisdom:

Contemporary English Version
I once believed age was the source of wisdom;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I hoped that greater age would speak, and that a multitude of years would teach wisdom.

English Revised Version
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Good News Translation
I told myself that you ought to speak, that you older men should share your wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I thought, 'Age should speak, and experience should teach wisdom.'

International Standard Version
I thought, experience should speak; abundance of years teaches wisdom.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I said: 'Days should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

Literal Standard Version
I said, Days speak, And a multitude of years teach wisdom.

NET Bible
I said to myself, 'Age should speak, and length of years should make wisdom known.'

New Heart English Bible
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

World English Bible
I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'

Young's Literal Translation
I said: Days do speak, And multitude of years teach wisdom.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
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. 8But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.…

Cross References
1 Kings 12:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How do you advise me to respond to these people?" he asked.

2 Chronicles 10:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How do you advise me to respond to these people?" he asked.

Job 8:8
Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.

Job 8:9
For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 12:12
Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.

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

Job 32:9
It is not only the old who are wise, or the elderly who understand justice.


Treasury of Scripture

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Job 8:8-10
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: …

Job 12:12
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

1 Kings 12:6-8
And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? …









Verse 7. - I said; i.e. "I kept saying to myself, when the desire to interrupt came upon me." Days should speak. Age should give wisdom, and the speech of the old should be most worthy of being attended to. Elihu had been brought up in this conviction, and therefore refrained himself. And multitude of years should teach wisdom. "Old experience should attain to something of prophetic strain." "One ought to give attention," says Aristotle, "to the mere unproved assertions of wise and aged men, as much as to the actual demonstrations of others" ('Eth. Nit.,' 6:11, ad fin. comp. also Job 10:12; Job 15:10; Proverbs 16:31).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I thought
אָ֭מַרְתִּי (’ā·mar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

that age
יָמִ֣ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

should speak,
יְדַבֵּ֑רוּ (yə·ḏab·bê·rū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

and many
וְרֹ֥ב (wə·rōḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

years
שָׁ֝נִ֗ים (nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8141: A year

should teach
יֹדִ֥יעוּ (yō·ḏî·‘ū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3045: To know

wisdom.
חָכְמָֽה׃ (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom


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