Job 15:7
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New International Version
"Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

New Living Translation
"Were you the first person ever born? Were you born before the hills were made?

English Standard Version
“Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?

New American Standard Bible
"Were you the first man to be born, Or were you brought forth before the hills?

King James Bible
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Were you the first person ever born, or were you brought forth before the hills?

International Standard Version
"Were you the first person to be born? Were you brought forth before the hills were made?

NET Bible
"Were you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Were you the first human to be born? Were you delivered before the hills [existed]?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wast thou born before Adam? Or wast thou formed before the hills?

King James 2000 Bible
Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?

American King James Version
Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?

American Standard Version
Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Art thou the first man that was born, or wast thou made before the hills ?

Darby Bible Translation
Art thou the first man that was born? and wast thou brought forth before the hills?

English Revised Version
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

Webster's Bible Translation
Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

World English Bible
"Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?

Young's Literal Translation
The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Art thou the first man that was born? That is, "Dost thou claim to have the wisdom of that first human intelligence, which, proceeding direct from God (Genesis 1:27), was without fault or flaw - a perfect intelligence, which judged all things aright?" It is not clear that Eliphaz had ever heard of Adam; but he evidently believed in a "first man," from whom all others were descended, and he attributed to this first man a mind and intellect surpassing those of all other men. His question is, of course, rather a scoff than an inquiry. He knows that Job makes no such foolish pretence; but he throws it in his teeth that, from what he has said, men might suppose he took some such view of himself. Or wast thou made before the hills? This is a taunt of the same kind as the previous one, but intensified. Wisdom is the result of experience. Art thou older than all the rest of us - older than the earth itself, than "the everlasting hills"? There were Greeks who claimed to be ethnically προσέληνοι, "older than the moon," but no inhabitant of earth was ever so foolish as to imagine himself individually more ancient than the earth on which he lived.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Art thou the first man that was born?.... The first Adam, who was created in wisdom and knowledge, and had a large share of understanding in things natural, civil, and moral; knew much of God and his perfections, of the works of nature, and of the wisdom and power of God displayed in them; one instance of which is his giving names to the creatures; dost thou think thou art that selfsame individual person, the father of all mankind, who had such a stock and fund of knowledge, until, by seeking after more, and that unlawful, he lost much of what he had? dost thou imagine that thou hast lived ever since, and seen or known everything that was done in all ages from the beginning, and hast gathered a large share of knowledge from long experience, and by making strict observations on men and things in such a length of time? or, as the Targum,

"wast thou born with the first man, without father and mother?''

and hast thou existed ever since? or, "wast thou born before Adam?" before the first man (z)? Art thou the wisdom and son of God, who was before Abraham, before Adam, before any creature whatever, was in the beginning with God, and was God? What dost thou make thyself to be, Job? thou, a mere man, dost thou make thyself to be the eternal God? for to be before the first man, or to be the firstborn of every creature, or to be born before every creature, is expressive of eternity, as is the following phrase:

or wast thou made before the hills? or existed before they did? as is said of the son of God, Proverbs 8:25; what is before the hills and mountains is eternal; the eternal God and his eternity are thus described, Psalm 90:2.

(z) So Mercerus, and some in Vatablus, Schmidt, Jarchi, & Bar Tzemach.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. That is, Art thou wisdom personified? Wisdom existed before the hills; that is, the eternal Son of God (Pr 8:25; Ps 90:2). Wast thou in existence before Adam? The farther back one existed, the nearer he was to the Eternal Wisdom.

Job 15:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
6"Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you. 7"Were you the first man to be born, Or were you brought forth before the hills? 8"Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?…
Cross References
Job 38:4
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Job 38:21
Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Proverbs 8:25
before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
Treasury of Scripture

Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?

the first

Job 15:10 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father.

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and …

or wast thou

Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the …

Proverbs 8:22-25 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old…

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