|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
It is higher than heaven--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?
King James Bible
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
American Standard Version
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?
Young's Literal Translation
Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?
Job 11:8 Additional TranslationsKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The feminine form of expression has reference to the divine wisdom (Chokma, Job 11:6), and amplifies what is there said of its transcendent reality. Its absoluteness is described by four dimensions, like the absoluteness of the love which devised the plan for man's redemption (Ephesians 3:18). The pronoun היא, with reference to this subject of the sentence, must be supplied. She is as "the heights of heaven" (comp. on subst. pro adj. Job 22:12); what wilt or canst thou do in order to scale that which is high as heaven? In Job 11:9 we have translated according to the reading מדּה with He mappic. This feminine construction is a contraction for מדּתהּ, as Job 5:13, ערמם for ערמתם; Zechariah 4:2, גלה for גלתה, and more syncopated forms of a like kind (vid., Comm. ber den Psalter, i. 225, ii. 172). The reading recorded by the Masora is, however, מדּה with He raph., according to which the word seems to be the accusative used adverbially; nevertheless the separation of this acc. relativus from its regens by the insertion of a word between them (comp. Job 15:10) would make a difficulty here where היא is wanting, and consequently מדה seems to signify mensura ejus whichever way it may be written (since ah raphe is also sometimes a softened form of the suffix, Job 31:22; Ewald, 94, b). The wisdom of God is in its height altogether inaccessible, in its depth fathomless and beyond research, in its length unbounded, in its breadth incomprehensible, stretching out far beyond all human thought.
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Ephesians 3:18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Job 7:9 As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
Job 11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.
Job 22:12 "Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
Job 26:6 Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
Job 35:5 Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
Job 37:23 The Almighty--we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.