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Job 29:14
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I put on righteousness(y) as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.(z)
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Job 29:15
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I was eyes(aa) to the blind and feet to the lame.(ab)
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Job 29:16
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I was a father to the needy;(ac) I took up the case(ad) of the stranger.(ae)
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Job 29:17
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I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims(af) from their teeth.(ag)
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Job 29:18
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"I thought, ‘I will die in my own house, my days as numerous as the grains of sand.(ah)
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Job 29:19
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My roots will reach to the water,(ai) and the dew will lie all night on my branches.(aj)
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Job 29:20
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My glory will not fade;(ak) the bow(al) will be ever new in my hand.'(am)
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Job 29:21
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"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.(an)
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Job 29:22
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After I had spoken, they spoke no more;(ao) my words fell gently on their ears.(ap)
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Job 29:23
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They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.(aq)
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Job 29:24
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When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face(ar) was precious to them.[a](as)
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Job 29:25
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I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;(at) I dwelt as a king(au) among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.(av)
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Job 30:1
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"But now they mock me,(a) men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.(b)
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Job 30:2
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Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?
Job 30:3
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Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed[a] the parched land(c) in desolate wastelands(d) at night.(e)
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Job 30:4
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In the brush they gathered salt herbs,(f) and their food[b] was the root of the broom bush.(g)
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Job 30:5
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They were banished from human society, shouted at as if they were thieves.
Job 30:6
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They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.(h)
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Job 30:7
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They brayed(i) among the bushes(j) and huddled in the undergrowth.
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Job 30:8
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A base and nameless brood,(k) they were driven out of the land.(l)
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Job 30:9
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"And now those young men mock me(m) in song;(n) I have become a byword(o) among them.
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Job 30:10
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They detest me(p) and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.(q)
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Job 30:11
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Now that God has unstrung my bow(r) and afflicted me,(s) they throw off restraint(t) in my presence.
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Job 30:12
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On my right(u) the tribe[c] attacks; they lay snares(v) for my feet,(w) they build their siege ramps against me.(x)
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Job 30:13
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They break up my road;(y) they succeed in destroying me.(z) ‘No one can help him,' they say.
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Job 30:14
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They advance as through a gaping breach;(aa) amid the ruins they come rolling in.
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Job 30:15
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Terrors(ab) overwhelm me;(ac) my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.(ad)
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Job 30:16
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"And now my life ebbs away;(ae) days of suffering grip me.(af)
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Job 30:17
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Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.(ag)
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Job 30:18
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In his great power(ah) God becomes like clothing to me[d]; he binds me like the neck of my garment.
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Job 30:19
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He throws me into the mud,(ai) and I am reduced to dust and ashes.(aj)
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Job 30:20
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"I cry out to you,(ak) God, but you do not answer;(al) I stand up, but you merely look at me.
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Job 30:21
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You turn on me ruthlessly;(am) with the might of your hand(an) you attack me.(ao)
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Job 30:22
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You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;(ap) you toss me about in the storm.(aq)
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Job 30:23
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I know you will bring me down to death,(ar) to the place appointed for all the living.(as)
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Job 30:24
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"Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man(at) when he cries for help in his distress.(au)
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Job 30:25
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Have I not wept for those in trouble?(av) Has not my soul grieved for the poor?(aw)
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Job 30:26
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Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.(ax)
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Job 30:27
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The churning inside me never stops;(ay) days of suffering confront me.(az)
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Job 30:28
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I go about blackened,(ba) but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.(bb)
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Job 30:29
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I have become a brother of jackals,(bc) a companion of owls.(bd)
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Job 30:30
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My skin grows black(be) and peels;(bf) my body burns with fever.(bg)
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Job 30:31
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My lyre is tuned to mourning,(bh) and my pipe(bi) to the sound of wailing.
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Job 31:1
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"I made a covenant with my eyes(a) not to look lustfully at a young woman.(b)
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Job 31:2
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For what is our lot(c) from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?(d)
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Job 31:3
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Is it not ruin(e) for the wicked, disaster(f) for those who do wrong?(g)
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Job 31:4
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Does he not see my ways(h) and count my every step?(i)
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Job 31:5
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"If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit(j)
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Job 31:6
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let God weigh me(k) in honest scales(l) and he will know that I am blameless(m)
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Job 31:7
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if my steps have turned from the path,(n) if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands(o) have been defiled,(p)
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Job 31:8
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then may others eat what I have sown,(q) and may my crops be uprooted.(r)
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Job 31:9
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"If my heart has been enticed(s) by a woman,(t) or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
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Job 31:10
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then may my wife grind(u) another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.(v)
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Job 31:11
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For that would have been wicked,(w) a sin to be judged.(x)
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Job 31:12
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It is a fire(y) that burns to Destruction[a];(z) it would have uprooted my harvest.(aa)
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Job 31:13
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"If I have denied justice to any of my servants,(ab) whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,(ac)
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Job 31:14
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what will I do when God confronts me?(ad) What will I answer when called to account?(ae)
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Job 31:15
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Did not he who made me in the womb make them?(af) Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?(ag)
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Job 31:16
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"If I have denied the desires of the poor(ah) or let the eyes of the widow(ai) grow weary,(aj)
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Job 31:17
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if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless(ak)
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Job 31:18
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but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow(al)
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Job 31:19
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if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,(am) or the needy(an) without garments,
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Job 31:20
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and their hearts did not bless me(ao) for warming them with the fleece(ap) from my sheep,
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Job 31:21
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if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,(aq) knowing that I had influence in court,(ar)
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Job 31:22
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then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.(as)
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Job 31:23
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For I dreaded destruction from God,(at) and for fear of his splendor(au) I could not do such things.(av)
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Job 31:24
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"If I have put my trust in gold(aw) or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,'(ax)
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Job 31:25
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if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,(ay) the fortune my hands had gained,(az)
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Job 31:26
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if I have regarded the sun(ba) in its radiance or the moon(bb) moving in splendor,
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Job 31:27
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so that my heart was secretly enticed(bc) and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,(bd)
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Job 31:28
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then these also would be sins to be judged,(be) for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.(bf)
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Job 31:29
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"If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune(bg) or gloated over the trouble that came to him(bh)
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Job 31:30
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I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life(bi)
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Job 31:31
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if those of my household have never said, ‘Who has not been filled with Job's meat?'(bj)
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Job 31:32
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but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler(bk)
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Job 31:33
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if I have concealed(bl) my sin as people do,[b] by hiding(bm) my guilt in my heart
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Job 31:34
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because I so feared the crowd(bn) and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent(bo) and would not go outside—
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Job 31:35
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("Oh, that I had someone to hear me!(bp) I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser(bq) put his indictment in writing.
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Job 31:36
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Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,(br) I would put it on like a crown.(bs)
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Job 31:37
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I would give him an account of my every step;(bt) I would present it to him as to a ruler.(bu))—
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Job 31:38
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"if my land cries out against me(bv) and all its furrows are wet(bw) with tears,
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Job 31:39
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if I have devoured its yield without payment(bx) or broken the spirit of its tenants,(by)
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Job 31:40
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then let briers(bz) come up instead of wheat and stinkweed(ca) instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.(cb)
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Job 32:1
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Elihu

So these three men stopped answering Job,(a) because he was righteous in his own eyes.(b)
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Job 32:2
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But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite,(c) of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself(d) rather than God.(e)
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Job 32:3
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He was also angry with the three friends,(f) because they had found no way to refute Job,(g) and yet had condemned him.[a](h)
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Job 32:4
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Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he.(i)
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Job 32:5
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But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
Job 32:6
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So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am young in years, and you are old;(j) that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know.
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Job 32:7
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I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'(k)
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Job 32:8
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But it is the spirit[b](l) in a person, the breath of the Almighty,(m) that gives them understanding.(n)
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Job 32:9
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It is not only the old[c] who are wise,(o) not only the aged(p) who understand what is right.(q)
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Job 32:10
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"Therefore I say: Listen to me;(r) I too will tell you what I know.(s)
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