Job 11:11
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New International Version
Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?

New Living Translation
For he knows those who are false, and he takes note of all their sins.

English Standard Version
For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?

New American Standard Bible
"For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.

King James Bible
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely He knows which people are worthless. If He sees iniquity, will He not take note of it?

International Standard Version
For he knows mankind's deceitfulness; when he sees iniquity, won't he himself consider it?

NET Bible
For he knows deceitful men; when he sees evil, will he not consider it?

New Heart English Bible
For he knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn't consider it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He knows who the scoundrels are. And when he sees sin, doesn't he pay attention to it?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He knoweth base men; And when He seeth iniquity, will He not then consider it?

New American Standard 1977
“For He knows false men,
            And He sees iniquity without investigating.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he knows the vain men; and he sees the iniquity; will he not then understand it?

King James 2000 Bible
For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

American King James Version
For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

American Standard Version
For he knoweth false men: He seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he knoweth the vanity of men, and when he seeth iniquity, doth he not consider it?

Darby Bible Translation
For he knoweth vain men, and seeth wickedness when [man] doth not consider it;

English Revised Version
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

World English Bible
For he knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn't consider it.

Young's Literal Translation
For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider it!
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
10"If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him? 11"For He knows false~ men, And He sees iniquity without investigating. 12"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.…
Cross References
Job 24:23
"He provides them with security, and they are supported; And His eyes are on their ways.

Job 28:24
"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.

Job 31:4
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

Job 34:21
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.

Job 34:23
"For He does not need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.

Psalm 94:11
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.
Treasury of Scripture

For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

he knoweth

Psalm 94:11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Jeremiah 17:9,10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: …

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men…

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

he seeth

Job 22:13,14 And you say, How does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud…

Psalm 10:11,14 He has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hides his face; he …

Psalm 35:22 This you have seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: …

Habakkuk 1:13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

(11) He knoweth vain men.--Though he regardeth it not: that is, seemeth not to see it.

Verse 11. - For he knoweth vain men. God is justified in these his judgments, even though he does not implead the man or bring him to account, or hear what he has got to say (Job 9:39), since he intuitively and at once "knoweth vain men;" sooth, that is, into the ground of the heart, and recognizes vanity, pretence, false seeming, so that he can judge infallibly without the forensic apparatus wherewith human tribunals are rightly surrounded, on account of the weakness and fallibility of human judges. He sooth wickedness also. If God can detect in a moment vanity, pretence, false seeming, much more can he detect actual wickedness; which Zophar assumes to have been detected in Job's case. Will he not then consider it? rather, even though he consider it not (see the Revised Version). God does not need to pause and ponder and "consider" each case. He knows, without any such lengthened consideration, whether a man is true to him or not. For he knoweth vain men,.... Or, "men of vanity" (p), as all men are; men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree a lie, and they are both lighter than vanity, Psalm 62:9; and the Lord knows them, and knows them to be so; he knows all men, and all that is in them; he knows the vanity of their minds, and the vain thoughts that are in them; all their vain and idle words, and their vain lives and conversations; and therefore it is no wonder he does the above things at his pleasure:

he seeth wickedness also; the wickedness of their hearts and lives, their secret and open wickedness, their wicked thoughts, words, and actions; or, "men of wickedness"; even wicked men; they are all seen by him; nothing is or can be hid from him; he is God omniscient, the searcher of the hearts and trier of the reins of the children of men:

will he not then consider it? so as to punish or correct for it? he will: or, "he does not consider" (q); he seems as if he did not; as if he took no notice of wicked men, and of their wickedness, because he does not immediately punish or correct for it; or, he has no need to take any time to consider thereof, he sees and knows at once what it is, and what men are: Gersom reads this clause in connection with the former; "he sees the men of wickedness", and him who does "not consider" the ways of the Lord; or, the man does not consider that God sees him; so Ben Melech.

(p) "homines vanitatis", Vatablus, Drusius, Bolducius, Mercerus, Schmidt, Michaelis. (q) "et non cousiderat", Cocceius; "et non advertit", Schmidt. 11. (Ps 94:11).

consider—so as to punish it. Rather, from the connection, Job 11:6, "He seeth wickedness also, which man does not perceive"; literally, "But no (other, save He) perceiveth it" [Umbreit]. God's "wisdom" (Job 11:6), detects sin where Job's human eye cannot reach (Job 11:8), so as to see any.11:7-12 Zophar speaks well concerning God and his greatness and glory, concerning man and his vanity and folly. See here what man is; and let him be humbled. God sees this concerning vain man, that he would be wise, would be thought so, though he is born like a wild ass's colt, so unteachable and untameable. Man is a vain creature; empty, so the word is. Yet he is a proud creature, and self-conceited. He would be wise, would be thought so, though he will not submit to the laws of wisdom. He would be wise, he reaches after forbidden wisdom, and, like his first parents, aiming to be wise above what is written, loses the tree of life for the tree of knowledge. Is such a creature as this fit to contend with God?
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