Job 22:12
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New International Version
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

New Living Translation
"God is so great--higher than the heavens, higher than the farthest stars.

English Standard Version
“Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!

New American Standard Bible
"Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!

King James Bible
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isn't God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars--how lofty they are!

International Standard Version
"Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!

NET Bible
"Is not God on high in heaven? And see the lofty stars, how high they are!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Isn't God high above in the heavens? Look how high the highest stars are!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is not God in the height of the heavens? Behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

King James 2000 Bible
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

American King James Version
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

American Standard Version
Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost not thou think that God is higher than heaven, and is elevated above the height of the stars?

Darby Bible Translation
Is not +God in the height of the heavens? And behold the summit of the stars: how exalted are they!

English Revised Version
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not God in the hight of heaven? and behold the hight of the stars, how high they are!

World English Bible
"Isn't God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!

Young's Literal Translation
Is not God high in heaven? And see the summit of the stars, That they are high.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:5-14 Eliphaz brought heavy charges against Job, without reason for his accusations, except that Job was visited as he supposed God always visited every wicked man. He charges him with oppression, and that he did harm with his wealth and power in the time of his prosperity.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Is not God in the height of heaven? From taxing Job with definite open sins, Eliphaz proceeds to accuse him of impious thoughts and principles. He does not acknowledge, Eliphaz says, either the majesty or the omniscience of God. Here he has, at any rate, some tangible ground for his reproaches. Job's words have been over-bold, over-venturesome. He has seemed to forget the distance between God and man (Job 9:30-33; Job 10:2, 3; Job 13:3, etc.), and to call in question either God's omniscience or his regard for moral distinctions (Job 9:22, 23; Job 21:7-13, 23-26). Hence Eliphaz is enabled to take a high tone and ask, "Hast thou forgotten that God is in the height of heaven, far up above all us poor wretched mortals? Dost thou need to be reminded of this? He is above the stars, and yet behold the height of the stars, how high they are! Even they are infinitely above men, yet how far below him!" (comp. Job 35:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Is not God in the height of heaven?.... The heaven is high, it has its name from its height, and is noted for it; some of the heavens are higher than others, as the heaven of heavens, the third heaven, the habitation of angels and glorified saints; and here God dwells, this is the habitation of his holiness, and the high and holy place he inhabits; his throne is in heaven, in the heaven of heavens is his throne, where he in an especial manner manifests his glory, and the lustre of it; he is not indeed continued here, the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, he is everywhere; yet this is his court and palace, where his residence and retinue is and angels behold his face, and wait upon him; and because this is the principal seat of his majesty, it becomes one of his names, Daniel 4:26; and the words here will bear to be rendered, "is not God the height of the heavens?" (t) or, as the Vulgate Latin version, "higher than the heavens"; he is above them, more exalted than they, being the Creator of them, see Hebrews 7:26;

and behold the height of the stars, how high they are; or "the head" or "top of the stars" (u), which Ben Gersom interprets of the supreme orb, or that high and vast space in which the fixed stars are, or the highest of them, which are at the greatest distance; according to Mr. Huygens (w) a cannon ball discharged would be twenty five years in passing from the earth to the sun, from, Jupiter to the sun an hundred twenty five years, from Saturn two hundred fifty, and from the sun to the dog star (v) 691,600 years; and if therefore it would be so long going to the nearest of the fixed stars, how great must be the distance of them from our earth, which are so much higher than the dog star as that is from the sun? But, though these are so exceeding high, yet God is higher than they, see Isaiah 14:13; the truth contained in these words was what both Eliphaz and Job were agreed in, let them be spoken by which they will, some ascribing them to the One, and some to the other; from whence Eliphaz represents Job drawing an inference very impious, blasphemous, and atheistical.

(t) "sublimitas coelorum", Bolducius; "altitudo coeli", Michaelis; "altitudo coelorum", Schultens. (u) "capat stellarum", Montanus, Bolaucius, Mercerus, Cocceius; "verticem stellarum", V. L. Tigurine version, Michaelis, Schultens. (w) Cosmotheoros, l. 2. p. 125, 137. (v) (The Dog Star is the brighest star in the heavens when viewed from the earth. It has a visual magnitude of -1.4 and is 8.7 light years from the earth. It is in the constellation Sirius. The closest star to the earth is Centaurus and has a visual magnitude of 0 and is 4.3 light years from the earth. It is several times fainter the the Dog Star but is still quite bright compared to neighbouring stars. 1969 Oberserver's Handbook, p. 74, 75. The Royal Astonomical Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario. Editor)

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Eliphaz says this to prove that God can from His height behold all things; gratuitously inferring that Job denied it, because he denied that the wicked are punished here.

height—Hebrew, "head of the stars"; that is, "elevation" (Job 11:8).

Job 22:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
11Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you. 12"Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are! 13"You say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?…
Cross References
Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

Job 35:5
Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
Treasury of Scripture

Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

not God

Psalm 115:3,16 But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatever he has pleased…

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

height. Heb. head. the stars

Psalm 8:3,4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

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