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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 32:15-22

Three things here apologize for Elihu's interposing as he does in this controversy which had already been canvassed by such acute and learned disputants:? 1. That the stage was clear, and he did not break in upon any of the managers on either side: They were amazed (Job 32:15); they stood still, and answered no more, Job 32:16. They not only left off speaking themselves, but they stood still, to hear if any of the company would speak their minds, so that (as we say) he had room and fair play... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 32:18

For I am full of matter ,.... Or "full of words" F25 מלתי מלים "plenus sum sermonibus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. ; not of mere words, such that have nothing solid and substantial in them; this is the character of a fool, Ecclesiastes 10:14 ; nor was Elihu a loquacious talkative man, as Job is charged to be, a man full of talk, Job 11:2 ; but he was full of words, which had fulness of matter in them, which were to the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 32:18

I am full of matter - מלים millim , "I am full of Words," or sayings; i.e., wise sentences, and ancient opinions. The spirit within me constraineth me - How similar to the words of St. Paul! The love of Christ constraineth us. Elihu considered himself under the influence of that Spirit of God which gives understanding, and felt anxiously concerned for the welfare both of Job and his friends. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 32:1-22

The voice of juvenile self-confidence. We now approach the solution of the mystery, the untying of the knot, the end of the controversy. Job's three friends have failed to convince Job that he is suffering the wellmented consequences of evil-doing; and he has failed to convince them of his integrity. Now a younger friend speaks with kindled wrath because the three friends "had found no answer." He speaks with the undue confidence of youth; but he weaves many words of truth and wisdom into... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 32:6-22

The speech of Elihu now begins. In the present chapter, after a short apologetic exordium, excusing his youth ( Job 32:6-9 ), he addresses himself exclusively to Job's friends. He has listened attentively to them, and weighed their words (verses 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" (verses 13-16). Elihu, therefore, will supply their deficiency;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 32:6-22

The apology of Elihu. I. THE REASONS OF HIS PREVIOUS RETICENCE . Elihu had been an earnest listener to the controversy Job waged with his three friends, "waiting for Job with words" (verse 4), i.e. eager to pour out in speech the arguments that trembled on his lips; and now he declares that two things had restrained him from joining earlier in the discussion. 1 . A modest respect for their superior age. He was but a young man (literally, "few of years"), while they were... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 32:18

For I am full of matter ; literally, I am full of words; i.e. I have very much to say. The spirit within me constraineth me ; literally, the spirit of my belly ; i.e. "my inward feelings and emotions." Compare Zophar's statements in Job 20:2 , Job 20:3 ; and Job's own declarations in Job 13:1-28 ; that he must speak ( Job 13:13 , Job 13:19 ). There is a state of internal excitement, when reticence becomes impossible. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 32:18

For I am full of matter - Margin, as in Hebrew words.” The three friends of Job had been silenced. They had not one word more to say. Elihu says that the reverse was true of him. He was full of words, and felt constrained to speak. It was not because he forced himself to do it, nor because he did it as a mere matter of duty, but he was so impressed with the subject that it would be a relief for him to give utterance to his views.The spirit within me - Referring, probably, to the conviction that... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 32:17-18

Job 32:17-18. I will answer also my part I will take my turn and speak what they have omitted. I am full of matter I have many things to say in this cause; the spirit within me constraineth me My spirit, or soul, is so entirely dissatisfied with what hath hitherto been spoken, and so clearly apprehends what may silence Job and end the dispute, that it forceth me to speak. Or rather he means, that God’s Spirit had so enlightened his understanding by discovering the truth of the matter to... read more

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