Job 32:9
New International Version
It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.

New Living Translation
Sometimes the elders are not wise. Sometimes the aged do not understand justice.

English Standard Version
It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.

Berean Study Bible
It is not only the old who are wise, or the elderly who understand justice.

New American Standard Bible
"The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.

King James Bible
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Christian Standard Bible
It is not only the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge.

Contemporary English Version
Age is no guarantee of wisdom and understanding.

Good News Translation
It is not growing old that makes us wise or helps us to know what is right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not only the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge.

International Standard Version
"The aged aren't always wise, nor do the elderly always understand justice.

NET Bible
It is not the aged who are wise, nor old men who understand what is right.

New Heart English Bible
It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People do not become wise merely because they live long. They don't understand what justice is merely because they're old.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that discern judgment.

New American Standard 1977
“The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Great men are not always wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand justice.

American King James Version
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

American Standard Version
It is not the great that are wise, Nor the aged that understand justice.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The long-lived are not wise as such; neither do the aged know judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that are aged are not the wise men, neither do the ancients understand judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
It is not the great that are wise; neither do the aged understand judgment.

English Revised Version
It is not the great that are wise, nor the aged that understand judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

World English Bible
It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.

Young's Literal Translation
The multitude are not wise, Nor do the aged understand judgment.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
8But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. 9It is not only the old who are wise, or the elderly who understand justice. 10Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me. I too will declare what I know.’…
Cross References
Job 12:20
He deprives the trusted of speech and takes away the discernment of elders.

Job 32:7
I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.

Job 32:10
Therefore I say, 'Listen to me. I too will declare what I know.'

Treasury of Scripture

Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Great

Jeremiah 5:5
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

John 7:48
Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

neither

Job 12:20
He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

Ecclesiastes 4:13
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.







Lexicon
It is not only
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

the old
רַבִּ֥ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

who are wise,
יֶחְכָּ֑מוּ (yeḥ·kā·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

or the elderly
וּ֝זְקֵנִ֗ים (ū·zə·qê·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2205: Old

who understand
יָבִ֥ינוּ (yā·ḇî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

justice.
מִשְׁפָּֽט׃ (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style
(9) Great men are not always wise.--That is, old men. He had just before said that he was "little in days" (Job 32:6); or it may be used in the sense of number, many, or multitudes. (Comp. what Job himself said, Job 12:2 : "No doubt because ye are a people wisdom will die with you.")

Verse 9. - Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged (always) understand judgment. Elihu lays down the universal law, before applying it to the particular instance. True wisdom is from God, not from observation and experience. Therefore many aged men are not wise; many experienced men, great in position, versed in affairs, do not possess understanding. It is a trite remark, "With how little wisdom the world is governed!" 32:6-14 Elihu professes to speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and corrects both parties. He allowed that those who had the longest experience should speak first. But God gives wisdom as he pleases; this encouraged him to state his opinion. By attention to the word of God, and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, young men may become wiser than the aged; but this wisdom will render them swift to hear, slow to speak, and disposed to give others a patient hearing.
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