Job 15:17
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New International Version
"Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen,

New Living Translation
"If you will listen, I will show you. I will answer you from my own experience.

English Standard Version
“I will show you; hear me, and what I have seen I will declare

New American Standard Bible
"I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;

King James Bible
I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen to me and I will inform you. I will describe what I have seen,

International Standard Version
"I'll tell you what, listen to me! Let me relate what I've seen,

NET Bible
"I will explain to you; listen to me, and what I have seen, I will declare,

New Heart English Bible
"I will show you, listen to me; that which I have seen I will declare:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'll tell you; listen to me! I'll relate what I have seen.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will tell thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare--

New American Standard 1977
“I will tell you, listen to me;
            And what I have seen I will also declare;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Listen to me and I will show thee and declare unto thee that which I have seen,

King James 2000 Bible
I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

American King James Version
I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

American Standard Version
I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will shew thee, hear me : and I mill tell thee what I have seen.

Darby Bible Translation
I will shew thee, listen to me; and what I have seen I will declare;

English Revised Version
I will shew thee, hear thou me; and that which I have seen I will declare:

Webster's Bible Translation
I will show thee, hear me; and that which I have seen, I will declare;

World English Bible
"I will show you, listen to me; that which I have seen I will declare:

Young's Literal Translation
I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
16How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water! 17"I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare; 18What wise men have told, And have not concealed from their fathers,…
Cross References
Job 15:16
How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!

Job 15:18
What wise men have told, And have not concealed from their fathers,
Treasury of Scripture

I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

hear me

Job 5:27 See this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.

Job 13:5,6 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom…

Job 33:1 Why, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and listen to all my words.

Job 34:2 Hear my words, O you wise men; and give ear to me, you that have knowledge.

Job 36:2 Suffer me a little, and I will show you that I have yet to speak …

Verse 17. - I will show thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare. Eliphaz here introduces, with an elaborate preface (vers. 17-19) what is either a citation from a book, as Professor Lee thinks, or a studied description by himself of the proceedings and consequent sufferings of the wicked. This description extends from ver. 20 to the end of the chapter, and is plainly levelled at Job, though it may originally have been intended to apply to some other person or persons. I will show thee, hear me,.... Here Eliphaz proceeds to illustrate and make plain, to clear and defend, his former sentiment and proposition, and into which the rest of his friends came; that only wicked, and not righteous men, are afflicted of God, especially in such a manner as Job was; and he proposes to show things worthy of his regard, and not such vain and unprofitable things which Job had uttered; and, in order to stir up and engage his attention, he says what follows:

and that which I have seen I will declare; what he had been an eyewitness of himself; the same he had observed, Job 4:8; and such testimonies are most regarded, and reckoned most authentic and creditable, especially when they come from men of character; see Luke 1:1. 17. In direct contradiction of Job's position (Job 12:6, etc.), that the lot of the wicked was the most prosperous here, Eliphaz appeals (1) to his own experience, (2) to the wisdom of the ancients.15:17-35 Eliphaz maintains that the wicked are certainly miserable: whence he would infer, that the miserable are certainly wicked, and therefore Job was so. But because many of God's people have prospered in this world, it does not therefore follow that those who are crossed and made poor, as Job, are not God's people. Eliphaz shows also that wicked people, particularly oppressors, are subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably. Will the prosperity of presumptuous sinners end miserably as here described? Then let the mischiefs which befal others, be our warnings. Though no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised thereby. No calamity, no trouble, however heavy, however severe, can rob a follower of the Lord of his favour. What shall separate him from the love of Christ?
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