Job 15:4
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New International Version
But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.

New Living Translation
Have you no fear of God, no reverence for him?

English Standard Version
But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God.

New American Standard Bible
"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God.

King James Bible
Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before Him.

International Standard Version
Yet you dispense with fear of God and hinder meditations before God.

NET Bible
But you even break off piety, and hinder meditation before God.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yes, you destroy the fear [of God] and diminish devotion to God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, thou doest away with fear, And impairest devotion before God.

New American Standard 1977
“Indeed, you do away with reverence,
            And hinder meditation before God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost also cast off fear and undermine prayer before God.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.

American King James Version
Yes, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.

American Standard Version
Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As much as is in thee, thou hast made void fear, and hast taken away prayers from before God.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, thou makest piety of none effect, and restrainest meditation before God.

English Revised Version
Yea, thou doest away with fear, and restrainest devotion before God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

World English Bible
Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
3"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable? 4"Indeed, you do away with reverence And hinder meditation before God. 5"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.…
Cross References
Job 6:14
"For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.

Job 15:3
"Should he argue with useless talk, Or with words which are not profitable?

Job 15:5
"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God.

castest off. Heb. makest void

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Job 6:14 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but …

Psalm 36:1-3 The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there …

Psalm 119:126 It is time for you, LORD, to work: for they have made void your law.

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by …

restrainest

Job 5:8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

1 Chronicles 10:13,14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the …

Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, when they howled …

Amos 6:10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burns him, to bring …

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

prayer. or, speech

(4) Yea, thou castest off fear.--The tendency also of Job has been to encourage a kind of fatalism (e.g., Job 12:16-25), and therefore to check the offering of prayer to God, besides setting an example which, if followed, as from Job's position it was likely to be, would lead to murmuring and blasphemy.

Verse 4. - Yea, thou castest off fear. To Eliphaz, Job's words - his bold expostulations (Job 13:3, 15, 22, etc.), his declarations that he knows he will be justified (Job 13:8), and that God will be his Salvation (Job 13:16) - seem to imply that he has cast off altogether the fear of God, and is entirely devoid of reverence. Some of his expressions certainly seem over-bold; but, on the other hand, his sense of God's purity, perfectness, and transcendent power is continually manifest, and should have saved him from the rude reproach here launched against him (comp. Job 9:1-13; Job 12:24 25; 13:11, 21, etc.). And restrainest prayer before God; rather, and hinderest devout meditation before God. Eliphaz means that Job expresses himself in a way so cf. fensive to devout souls, that he disturbs their minds and prevents them from indulging in those pious meditations on the Divine goodness which would otherwise occupy them (comp. Psalm 119:97). Thus, according to Eliphaz, Job is not only irreligious himself, but the cause of irreligion in others. Yea, thou castest off fear,.... Not of man; a slavish fear of man is to be cast off, because that brings a snare, deters men from their duty, and leads into sin; though there is a fear and reverence of men which ought to be given to them, "fear to whom fear", Romans 13:7; but here the fear of God is meant, which is to be understood of the grace of fear, of which Job was possessed; that could not be cast off, for this is not what is in a man naturally, or is by the light of nature, and arises from natural conviction, which may be cast off, as was by Pharaoh; but this is a blessing of the covenant of grace, sure and firm, and is one of the gifts of grace that are without repentance; it is a part of internal grace, which can never be lost; it is improved and increased by fresh discoveries of the grace and goodness of God, and is an antidote and preservative against apostasy: perhaps the whole worship of God may be meant, external worship, or outward religion in the form of it, which is sometimes signified by the fear of God: Ecclesiastes 12:14; and it is cast off when it is neglected and not attended to, or when men become profane, after they have made a profession of religion; but as neither of these can be thought to be the case of Job, rather the meaning of Eliphaz may be, that Job did not show that reverence to God he should, as his words may seem, in Job 13:20; or that by his way of talk and reasoning, and by the notions he had imbibed and gave out, and the assertions he laid down, all religion would be made void among men; for if, as he had said, God "destroys the perfect and the wicked, and the tabernacles of robbers prosper, and the just men are laughed to scorn", Job 9:22; who would fear God? it might be inferred from hence, that it is a vain thing to serve him, and there can be no profit got by keeping his ordinances, and walking before him; this is the way to put an end to all religion, as if Eliphaz should say, and discourage all regard unto it:

and restrainest prayer before God; prayer is to be made to God and to him only, it is a part of religious worship, directed to by the light of nature, and ought to be performed by every man; it is a special privilege of the saints, who have a covenant God on a throne of grace to go to, and can pray in a spiritual manner for spiritual things; and especially is to be observed in times of trouble, in which Job now was, and never to be disused; now this charge either respects Job himself, that he left off praying, which can hardly be supposed; or that he drew out prayer to a great length, as some understand the words (w), like the tautologies of the Heathen; or he diminished prayer, as others (x), lessened the times of prayer, and the petitions in it: or rather it may respect others; not that it can be thought he should lay his injunctions on those over whom he had any authority, forbidding his servants, or those about him, to pray; but that by his manner of reasoning he discouraged prayer, as Eliphaz thought, as an useless thing; for if God laughs at the trials and afflictions of the innocent, and suffers wicked men to prosper, who would pray to him, or serve him? see Job 9:23.

(w) "tulisti", V. L. "traheres", Cocceius; "multiplicasti", so some in Bar Tzemach. (x) "Imminues", Montanus; "imminuisti", Bolducius; "diminuis", Schmidt; "minuis", Schultens. 4. fear—reverence for God (Job 4:6; Ps 2:11).

prayer—meditation, in Ps 104:34; so devotion. If thy views were right, reasons Eliphaz, that God disregards the afflictions of the righteous and makes the wicked to prosper, all devotion would be at an end.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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