32:6 I have but few years, while you are old
By allowing Iyov’s other friends to speak first and expressing his own opinion only afterwards, Elihu seems to be giving great respect to his elders. However, we quickly learn that his deference is just a show. Not only does he disagree with the others, but he even scolds them. This lack of concern for appropriate behavior is also clear in his condemnatory and unsympathetic stance towards Iyov. However, Malachi states that before the ultimate redemption occurs: “He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter destruction.” (3:24). According to the Bible, the way to bring hope and happiness to the world, and to build up the Land of Israel, is by the young honoring their elders, in accordance with the fifth commandment.