Job 11:8
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New International Version
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

New Living Translation
Such knowledge is higher than the heavens--and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld--what do you know?

English Standard Version
It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

New American Standard Bible
"They are high as the heavens, 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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

International Standard Version
These things are higher than the heavens, so what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol, so what can you know?

NET Bible
It is higher than the heavens--what can you do? It is deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

New Heart English Bible
They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[God's wisdom is] higher than heaven. What can you do? It is deeper than [the depths] of hell. What can you know?

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than the nether-world; what canst thou know?

New American Standard 1977
They are high as the heavens, what can you do?
            Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is higher than the heavens; what canst thou do? It is deeper than Sheol; how canst thou know it?

King James 2000 Bible
It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than Sheol; what can you know?

American King James Version
It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?

American Standard Version
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

Douay-Rheims Bible
He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do ? he is deeper than hell, and how wilt thou know?

Darby Bible Translation
[It is as] the heights of heaven; what wilt thou do? deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

English Revised Version
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

Webster's Bible Translation
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

World English Bible
They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

Young's Literal Translation
Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
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? 9"Its measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.…
Cross References
Ephesians 3:18
may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,

Job 7:9
"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, 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 in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!

Job 26:6
"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.

Job 35:5
"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you.

Job 37:23
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

Job 38:17
"Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

Psalm 36:6
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
Treasury of Scripture

It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?

It is as high as heaven. Heb. the heights of heaven

Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the …

Job 35:5 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven …

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; …

Proverbs 25:2,3 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings …

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

deeper

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Psalm 139:6-8 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it…

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though …

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

(8) It is as high as heaven.--Literally, The heights of heaven; what canst thou do? it is deeper than the grave; what canst thou know?

Verse 8. - It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? literally, heights of the heavens; what canst thou do? But the meaning is probably that expressed in the Authorized Version. God's perfectness is unattainable by man's thought, as the heights of the heavens are by his feet. Deeper than hell; literally, than Sheol, or the receptacle of the dead (see the comment on Job 10:21). St. Paul speaks of the "deep things," or rather, "the depths" (τὰ βάθη) of God (see 1 Corinthians 2:10). What canst thou know? How small a part of the Divine nature can any man thoroughly comprehend and know! It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do?.... Or, "is higher than the heavens" (i); either the wisdom of God and the secrets of it; the perfection of his wisdom, by which he has made the heavens; or evangelical wisdom, hid in his heart, and which the highest of creatures, the angels, come at the knowledge of only by revelation; and therefore, what can man do to find it out, unless God reveals it? or wisdom displayed in dark providences, which can never be accounted for until the judgments of God are made manifest: or else, "he that is God", as the Vulgate Latin version, is "higher than the heavens"; the heaven is his throne on which he sits, and therefore he must be higher than that; the heavens, and heaven of heavens, cannot contain him; he fills up the infinite space beyond them; how is it possible therefore to find him out, to comprehend him?

deeper than hell; what canst thou know? meaning, neither the grave nor the place of the damned, for both which "Sheol" is sometimes used, but the centre or lowest part of the earth; there is a depth in God, in his essence, in his thoughts, in his wisdom, displayed in nature, providence, and grace, that is unfathomable; we can know nothing of it but what he is pleased to make known; see Psalm 92:5; the Targum of the verse is,"in the height of heaven, what canst thou do? in the law, which is deeper than hell, what canst thou know?''

(i) "altior est altissimis coelis", Junius & Tremellius. 8. It—the "wisdom" of God (Job 11:6). The abruptness of the Hebrew is forcible: "The heights of heaven! What canst thou do" (as to attaining to them with thy gaze, Ps 139:8)?

know—namely, of His perfections.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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