Job 15:15
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New International Version
If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,

New Living Translation
Look, God does not even trust the angels. Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in his sight.

English Standard Version
Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight;

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight;

King James Bible
Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If God puts no trust in His holy ones and the heavens are not pure in His sight,

International Standard Version
Look, if God doesn't trust his holy ones, if even the heavens aren't pure as he looks at them,

NET Bible
If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,

New Heart English Bible
Look, he puts no trust in his holy ones. Yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If God doesn't trust his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He putteth no trust in His holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones,
            And the heavens are not pure in His sight;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he puts no trust in his saints, and not even the heavens are clean in his sight.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

American King James Version
Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

American Standard Version
Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold among his saints none is unchangeable, and the heavens are not pure in his sight.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in his sight:

English Revised Version
Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

World English Bible
Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones. Yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight;

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
14"What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15"Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight; 16How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!…
Cross References
Job 4:18
'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.

Job 5:1
"Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?

Job 21:22
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

Job 25:5
"If even the moon has no brightness And the stars are not pure in His sight,
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

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Job 4:18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

Job 25:5 Behold even to the moon, and it shines not; yes, the stars are not …

Isaiah 6:2-5 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he …

(15) Behold.--Comp. Job 4:18; Job 5:5.

Verse 15. - Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; rather, in his holy ones (see the Revised Version). The word "saint" has in course of time come to be so exclusively attached to holy men' that it can no longer be applied, without danger of being misunderstood, to angels. Eliphaz here, as in Job 5:1, speaks not of holy men, but of the holy angels. Without taxing them with sin, he is strongly convinced of their imperfection - their defective wisdom (Job 5:18), weakness, and untrustworthiness. His views are decidedly peculiar, and not borne out by the rest of Scripture. Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. The material heavens are probably intended. That limpid liquid blue in which the human eye sees no stain or speck, to the Divine eye is tinged with uncleanness The idea is that neither animate nor inanimate nature contains any form of being that is absolutely without spot or blemish. In God alone is there perfect purity. Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints,.... In holy men, set apart for himself by his grace, whose sins are expiated by the blood of his Son, and whose hearts are sanctified by his Spirit, and who live holy lives and conversations, as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; these, though he trusts many of them with much, as the prophets of old with the messages of his grace and will, and the ministers of the word with treasure, in their earthen vessels, the sacred "depositum" of the glorious Gospel, with gifts of grace, fitting them for their work, and with the care of the souls of men; yet he trusts none of them with themselves, with the redemption and salvation of their souls, with the regeneration and sanctification of their hearts, and with their preservation to eternal glory; he has put those into the hands of his Son and Spirit, and keeps them by his power through faith unto salvation: the Targum renders it, in his saints above, in the saints in heaven, in glorified men; he is there their all in all; as their happiness, so their safety and protection; see an instance of his care and preservation of them after the resurrection, when in a perfect state, Revelation 20:8; or this may be understood of the angels, who sometimes are called saints, Deuteronomy 33:2; who though they have been trusted with many things to impart to the sons of men, yet not with the salvation of men, nor even with the secret of it; they were not of God's privy council when the affair was debated and settled; nor with other secrets, as the day and hour of the last judgment, the coming of the Son of Man: or the sense may be, "he putteth no perfection or stability" (d) in them, that is, perfection in comparison of his; for if theirs were equal to his, they would be gods, which it is impossible to be, or for God to make them such; and likewise such stability as to have been able to have stood of themselves, which it appears they had not, since many of them fell, and the rest needed confirming grace, which they have by Christ, the Head of all principalities and powers:

yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight; heaven born men, partakers of the heavenly calling, whose hearts and affections are set on heavenly things, and have their conversation in heaven; yet these, in the sight of a pure and holy God, and in comparison of him, are impure and unholy; or they of heaven, as Mr. Broughton renders it, the inhabitants of heaven; the angels on high, as the Targum paraphrases it; these are charged by him with folly, and they, conscious of their imperfection with respect to him, cover their faces with their wings, while they celebrate the perfection of his holiness, who is so glorious in it; though the natural heavens may be intended, at least not excluded, and the luminous bodies in them, as Bildad seems to explain it, Job 25:5; the stars are reckoned the more dense and thick part of the heavens, the moon has its spots, and by later discoveries it seems the sun is not without them, and the heavens are often covered with clouds and darkness, and the present ones will be purified with fire at the general conflagration, which supposes them unclean, and they shall pass away, and new ones succeed, which implies imperfection in the former, or there would be no need of others; this is the proof Eliphaz gives of what he had suggested in Job 15:14.

(d) "non posuit stabilitatem", Pagninus; "immutabilitatem, sive perfectionem absolutam", Vatablus; "firmum opus non produxit", Tigurine version; "non crediturns esset firmitatem", Junius & Tremellius. 15. Repeated from Job 4:18; "servants" there are "saints" here; namely, holy angels.

heavens—literally, or else answering to "angels" (see on [508]Job 4:18, and [509]Job 25:5).15:1-16 Eliphaz begins a second attack upon Job, instead of being softened by his complaints. He unjustly charges Job with casting off the fear of God, and all regard to him, and restraining prayer. See in what religion is summed up, fearing God, and praying to him; the former the most needful principle, the latter the most needful practice. Eliphaz charges Job with self-conceit. He charges him with contempt of the counsels and comforts given him by his friends. We are apt to think that which we ourselves say is important, when others, with reason, think little of it. He charges him with opposition to God. Eliphaz ought not to have put harsh constructions upon the words of one well known for piety, and now in temptation. It is plain that these disputants were deeply convinced of the doctrine of original sin, and the total depravity of human nature. Shall we not admire the patience of God in bearing with us? and still more his love to us in the redemption of Christ Jesus his beloved Son?
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