Job 11:7
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New International Version
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

New Living Translation
"Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty?

English Standard Version
“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

King James Bible
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?

International Standard Version
"Can you search through God's complex things? Can you uncover the limits of the Almighty?

NET Bible
"Can you discover the essence of God? Can you find out the perfection of the Almighty?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can you discover God's hidden secrets, or are you able to find the Almighty's limits?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou come unto the perfection of the Almighty?

King James 2000 Bible
Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

American King James Version
Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection?

American Standard Version
Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Peradventure thou wilt comprehend the steps of God, and wilt find out the Almighty perfectly?

Darby Bible Translation
Canst thou by searching find out +God? canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection?

English Revised Version
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection?

World English Bible
"Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Young's Literal Translation
By searching dost thou find out God? Unto perfection find out the Mighty One?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Canst thou by searching find out God? literally, Canst thou attain to the searching out of God? Canst thou suppose, that is, that, whatever thy wisdom, learning, subtlety, sagacity, power of insight, thou wilt be able to search out and fully know the character, attributes, modes of thought and action, of the Most High? No. In one sense, all men do well to profess them. selves "Agnostics" - not that they can know nothing of God, but that they can never know him fully, never exhaust the knowledge of him. As the apostle says, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God l how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?" (Romans 11:33, 34). Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? rather. Canst thou attain to the perfection of the Almighty? understand, i.e., his inconceivable perfectness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Canst thou by searching find out God?.... God is not to be found out by human search; that there is a God may be found out by inquiring into the book of nature, by considering the creatures that are made, who all proclaim some first cause or maker of them, who is God; but then it cannot be found out what God is, his nature, being, and perfections: an Heathen philosopher (i), being asked by a certain king what God was, required a day to give in his answer; when that was up he desired a second, and still went on asking more; and being demanded the reason of his dilatoriness, replied, the more he had considered the question, the more obscure it was to him: the world by wisdom, or the wiser part of the Heathen world, knew not God; though they knew there was one, they knew not who and what he was; and therefore in some places altars were erected to the unknown God, Acts 17:23, and though some of the perfections of God may be investigated from the works of nature, such as the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, Romans 1:19; yet not all his perfections, such as his grace, mercy, &c. proclaimed and displayed in Christ; nor indeed his counsels, purposes, and decrees, which lie in his eternal mind, are the thoughts of his heart, the deep things of God, which none but the Spirit of God searches, knows, and reveals; and since Zophar's request was, that God should show to Job "the secrets of wisdom", these may be meant here, either evangelical wisdom, the wisdom of God in a mystery hid in his heart from everlasting, and the mysterious truths and doctrines or it, things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man to conceive of; these are not to be found out by human search, but are by the revelation of God; or else the reasons of the proceedings of God in Providence, which are out of the reach of men, dark, intricate, mysterious, unsearchable, and past finding out:

canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? to the uttermost of his nature and perfections; all his attributes, the last of them, and the extremity thereof: that God is perfect and entire, wanting nothing, and is possessed of all perfections, may be found out, or otherwise he would not be God; but his essence and attributes, being infinite, can never be traced and comprehended by finite minds; there are some perfections of God we have no idea of, but are lost in confusion and amazement as soon as we think of them and reason about them, as his eternity and immensity particularly; for, when we have rolled over in our minds millions and millions of ages, we are as far off from eternity as when we began; and when we have pervaded all worlds, and every space and place, we have got no further into immensity than at first; we are confounded when we think of a Being without beginning and without bounds, unoriginated, and unlimited; yea, even it is but a small part of the works of God in creation that is known by men, or of God in and by them; nay, by divine revelation, which gives the clearest and most enlarged view of him, whereby he has proclaimed his name, a God gracious and merciful, &c. yet it is only his back parts that are shown, not his face; it is only through a glass, darkly, we now see; indeed, in the other world, we shall see him face to face, and as he is, yet then never comprehend his essence: and, after all, it is only in Christ that God is to be found, to saving purposes; in him is the most glorious display of him; being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person; and not only all his perfections are in him, as a divine Person, but they are glorified by him as Mediator; every step in salvation is taken in Christ, and every blessing of grace comes through him; what of the divine Presence and communion with God is enjoyed is by him; and he will be the medium of the enjoyment of God, and of all the glory and happiness of the saints in the world to come.

(i) Simonides, apud Cicero, de Nat. Deor. l. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Rather, "Penetrate to the perfections of the Almighty" (Job 9:10; Ps 139:6).

Job 11:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
6And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity. 7"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? 8"They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Job 22:12
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

Job 33:12
"But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.

Job 33:13
Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one's words?

Job 36:26
How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

Job 37:5
God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Psalm 145:3
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

Ecclesiastes 7:24
Whatever exists is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?
Treasury of Scripture

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Job 5:9 Which does great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number:

Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard …

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in …

Psalm 77:19 Your way is in the sea, and your path in the great waters, and your …

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the …

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

1 Corinthians 2:10,16 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

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