Job 21:22
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New International Version
"Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?

New Living Translation
"But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful?

English Standard Version
Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?

New American Standard Bible
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

King James Bible
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone teach God knowledge, since He judges the exalted ones?

International Standard Version
"Can God learn anything? After all, he will judge even the exalted ones.

NET Bible
Can anyone teach God knowledge, since he judges those that are on high?

New Heart English Bible
"Shall any teach God knowledge, seeing he judges those who are high?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can anyone teach God knowledge? Can anyone judge the Most High?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.

New American Standard 1977
“Can anyone teach God knowledge,
            In that He judges those on high?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall he teach God knowledge, seeing he judges those that are high?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those that are on high.

American King James Version
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those that are high.

American Standard Version
Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high?

Darby Bible Translation
Can any teach God knowledge? And he it is that judgeth those that are high.

English Revised Version
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

World English Bible
"Shall any teach God knowledge, since he judges those who are high?

Young's Literal Translation
To God doth one teach knowledge, And He the high doth judge?
Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
21"For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off? 22"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high? 23"One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and satisfied;…
Cross References
Romans 11:34
"Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?"

Job 4:18
'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.

Job 15:15
"Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight;

Job 21:21
"For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

Job 35:11
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'

Job 36:22
"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

Psalm 82:1
A Psalm of Asaph. God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers.

Isaiah 40:14
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Treasury of Scripture

Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those that are high.

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Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? …

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Job 34:17-19 Shall even he that hates right govern? and will you condemn him that …

Psalm 113:5,6 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high…

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Isaiah 40:22,23 It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants …

1 Corinthians 6:3 Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that …

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down …

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their …

Revelation 20:1-3,12-15 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless …

(22) Shall any teach God knowledge? may be regarded as the hypothetical reply of the antagonist. If the reader prefers to understand these latter verses in any other way, it is open to him to do so, but in our judgment it seems better to understand them thus. The supposed alternative hypothetical argument seems to throw much light upon them.

Verse 22. - Shall any teach God knowledge? Job has been searching the "deep things of God," speculating upon the method of the Divine government of the world, he has perhaps rashly ventured to "rush in where angels fear to tread." Now, however, he cheeks himself with the confession that God's ways are inscrutable, his knowledge far beyond any knowledge possessed by man. Men must not presume to judge him; it is for him to judge them. Seeing he judgeth those that are high. None so exalted, none so advanced in wisdom and knowledge, none so venturesome in sounding depths that they cannot fathom, but God is above them, judges them, knows their hearts, and, according to his infallible wisdom, condemns or approves them. This is a chastening thought, and its effect on Job is to make him contract his sails, and, leaving the empyrean, content himself with s lower flight. Previously he has maintained, as if he were admitted to the Divine counsels, that the prosperity of the wicked was a rule of God's government. Now he goes no further than to say that there is no rule discoverable. Happiness and misery are dispensed - as far as man can see - on no definite principle, and, at the end, one lot happens to all: all go down into the tomb, and lie in the dust, and the worms devour them (vers. 23-26). Shall any teach God knowledge?.... Who is a God of knowledge, and knows all things, that teaches men knowledge; will any one take upon him to teach him the path of judgment, and the way of understanding, how he shall govern the world, and dispose of men and things in it? see Isaiah 40:13. Will anyone be so bold and audacious as to pretend to direct and instruct him whom he shall afflict, and whom not, and when he shall do it, and in what manner? should not these things be left to him, who does all things after the counsel of his own will? shall his dealings with men in an outward way of providence be the criterions of the characters and estates of men, as if love and hatred were to be known by those things, and therefore God must be taught what he should do in order to fix them?

seeing he judgeth those that are high; not the high heavens, as the Targum, nor the angels in them, though he has judged them that sinned, and cast them down to hell; but the high ones on earth, kings, princes, and civil magistrates, such as are in high places, and are lifted up with pride above others: God is above them; he is higher than the highest, and judges them; he is the Judge of all the earth, that will do right, the Governor of the universe, and who overrules all things for his own glory and the good of his creatures; and therefore none should pretend to direct him what is fit and proper to be done by him, who is a Sovereign, and distinguishes men in his providence, in life, and at death, as follows; but their characters, as good or bad men, are not to be determined thereby. 22. Reply of Job, "In all these assertions you try to teach God how He ought to deal with men, rather than prove that He does in fact so deal with them. Experience is against you. God gives prosperity and adversity as it pleases Him, not as man's wisdom would have it, on principles inscrutable to us" (Isa 40:13; Ro 11:34).

those … high—the high ones, not only angels, but men (Isa 2:12-17).21:17-26 Job had described the prosperity of wicked people; in these verses he opposes this to what his friends had maintained about their certain ruin in this life. He reconciles this to the holiness and justice of God. Even while they prosper thus, they are light and worthless, of no account with God, or with wise men. In the height of their pomp and power, there is but a step between them and ruin. Job refers the difference Providence makes between one wicked man and another, into the wisdom of God. He is Judge of all the earth, and he will do right. So vast is the disproportion between time and eternity, that if hell be the lot of every sinner at last, it makes little difference if one goes singing thither, and another sighing. If one wicked man die in a palace, and another in a dungeon, the worm that dies not, and the fire that is not quenched, will be the same to them. Thus differences in this world are not worth perplexing ourselves about.
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