Job 22:4
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New International Version
"Is it for your piety that he rebukes you and brings charges against you?

New Living Translation
Is it because you're so pious that he accuses you and brings judgment against you?

English Standard Version
Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you and enters into judgment with you?

Berean Study Bible
Is it for your reverence that He rebukes you and enters into judgment against you?

New American Standard Bible
"Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?

King James Bible
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

Christian Standard Bible
Does he correct you and take you to court because of your piety?

Contemporary English Version
Is he correcting you for worshiping him?

Good News Translation
It is not because you stand in awe of God that he reprimands you and brings you to trial.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does He correct you and take you to court because of your piety?

International Standard Version
Will he acquit you just because you fear him, and render a verdict on your behalf?

NET Bible
Is it because of your piety that he rebukes you and goes to judgment with you?

New Heart English Bible
Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does God correct you and bring you into a court of law because you fear him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee, That He entereth with thee into judgment?

New American Standard 1977
“Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will he reprove thee or will he enter with thee into judgment because he fears thee?

King James 2000 Bible
Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into judgment?

American King James Version
Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into judgment?

American Standard Version
Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall he reprove thee for fear, and come with thee into judgment:

Darby Bible Translation
Will he reason with thee for fear of thee? Will he enter with thee into judgment?

English Revised Version
Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee, that he entereth with thee into judgment?

Webster's Bible Translation
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

World English Bible
Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?

Young's Literal Translation
Because of thy reverence Doth He reason with thee? He entereth with thee into judgment:
Study Bible
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
3Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless? 4Is it for your reverence that He rebukes you and enters into judgment against you? 5Is not your wickedness great? Are not your iniquities endless?…
Cross References
Job 14:3
Do You open your eyes to one like this? Will You bring him into judgment before You?

Job 19:29
then you should fear the sword yourselves, because wrath brings punishment by the sword, so that you may know there is a judgment."

Job 22:3
Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless?

Psalm 143:2
Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You.

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Treasury of Scripture

Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into judgment?

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Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty …

Psalm 76:6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast …

Psalm 80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

for fear

Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

will he enter

Job 9:19,32 If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who …

Job 14:3 And does you open your eyes on such an one, and bring me into judgment with you?

Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

Job 23:6,7 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put …

Job 34:23 For he will not lay on man more than right; that he should enter …

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand…

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Isaiah 3:14,15 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, …







(4) Will he reprove thee.--That is, Because He standeth in awe of thee. Will He justify his dealings with thee?

Verse 4. - Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? rather, Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee? Surely not. If he reproves thee, it must be because thou fearest him not. The fact of thy reproof is sure evidence of the fact of thy guilt. Will he enter with thee into judgment? rather, that he entereth with thee into judgment (see the Revised Version). Will he reprove thee for fear of thee?.... That is, chastise, correct, and afflict, for fear that hurt should be done unto him; no, he will not; for as the goodness of men does not profit him, the sinfulness of men does not hurt him, see Job 35:6. Kings and civil magistrates sometimes chastise offenders, not only to do justice to them, but through fear of them, lest, if spared or connived at, they should be hurtful to the state, and overturn it; but though sin is an act of hostility against God, and strikes at his being and government, yet he is in no fear of being ruined or dethroned, or of having his government taken out of his hands, and therefore does not chastise men on that account: or "for thy fear" (m), for thy fear of God, thy piety; or "for thy religion", as Mr. Broughton translates the word. Job had often suggested that good men, such that truly feared God, are afflicted by him, and therefore his own afflictions were no objection to his character, as a man that feared God, and eschewed evil, Job 1:1; and in this sense Eliphaz uses the word, Job 4:6; and here he intimates, as if, according to the notion of Job, that God afflicted him, and other good men, because they feared him, and which he observes, as a great absurdity; whereas, on the contrary, he chastised him for his sins, as Job 22:5 shows; but though God does not afflict men for their goodness, but for sins, yet they are only such that fear him, and whom he loves, that he chastises in a fatherly way, see Hebrews 12:6;

will he enter with thee into judgment? that is, will he, in reverence to thee, out of respect to so great a person (speaking ironically), in condescension to one of so much consequence, will he regard thy request, so often made, as to come into judgment with thee, and to admit of thy cause being pleaded before him, and to give the hearing of it, and decide the affair in controversy? or rather, will he not plead against thee, and condemn thee for thy sins, as follow? in this sense it is to be deprecated, and not desired, see Psalm 143:2.

(m) "an de religione tua", Junius & Tremellius; "ob timorem tuum", so some in Drusius; "num ob pietatem tuam", others in Michaelis. 4. Is the punishment inflicted on thee from fear of thee, in order to disarm thee? as Job had implied (see on [512]Job 7:12; [513]Job 7:20; and [514]Job 10:17).

will he enter … into judgment?—Job had desired this (Job 13:3, 21). He ought rather to have spoken as in Ps 143:2.22:1-4 Eliphaz considers that, because Job complained so much of his afflictions, he thought God was unjust in afflicting him; but Job was far from thinking so. What Eliphaz says, is unjustly applied to Job, but it is very true, that when God does us good it is not because he is indebted to us. Man's piety is no profit to God, no gain. The gains of religion to men are infinitely greater than the losses of it. God is a Sovereign, who gives no account of his conduct; but he is perfectly wise, just, faithful, good, and merciful. He approves the likeness of his own holiness, and delights in the fruits of his Spirit; he accepts the thankful services of the humble believer, while he rejects the proud claim of the self-confident.



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