Job 27:12
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New International Version
You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?

New Living Translation
But you have seen all this, yet you say all these useless things to me.

English Standard Version
Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?

King James Bible
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of you have seen this for yourselves, why do you keep up this empty talk?

International Standard Version
Look! All of you have been watching, so why have you become so completely worthless?

NET Bible
If you yourselves have all seen this, Why in the world do you continue this meaningless talk?

New Heart English Bible
Look, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, you have all seen it. Why then do you chatter on about such nonsense?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become altogether vain?

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, all of you have seen it;
            Why then do you act foolishly?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye so completely vain?

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, all you yourselves have seen it; why then are you thus altogether vain?

American King James Version
Behold, all you yourselves have seen it; why then are you thus altogether vain?

American Standard Version
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become altogether vain?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold you all know it, and why do you speak vain things without cause?

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, ye yourselves have all seen [it]; and why are ye thus altogether vain?

English Revised Version
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye become altogether vain?

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

World English Bible
Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, ye -- all of you -- have seen, And why is this -- ye are altogether vain?
(12) Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it.--That is, "You have seen me so proclaim the great power of God."

Verse 12. - Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it. The true Divine scheme of action has been so long and so frequently made manifest - openly set forth in the sight o! men - that Job cannot believe that those whom he addresses are ignorant of it. They must themselves have seen the scheme at work. Why then are ye thus altogether vain? Why, then, do they not draw true inferences from the facts that come under their notice? Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it,.... As they were men of observation, at least made great pretensions to it, as well as of age and experience, they must have seen and observed somewhat at least of the above things; they must have seen the wicked, as David afterwards did, spreading himself like a green bay tree, and the hypocrites in easy and flourishing circumstances, and good men labouring under great afflictions and pressures, and Job himself was now an instance of that before their eyes:

why then are ye thus altogether vain? or "become vain in vanity" (k); so exceeding vain, so excessively trifling, as to speak and act against the dictates of their own conscience, against their own sense, and what they saw with their own eyes, and advance notions so contrary thereunto; as to affirm that evil men are always punished of God in this life, and good men are succeeded and prospered by him; and so from Job's afflictions drew so vain and empty a conclusion, that he must be a wicked man and an hypocrite.

(k) "vanitate vanescitis", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis, Schultens; "vel evanescitis", Montanus, Bolducius, Beza, Mercerus, Drusius, Piscator, Cocceius. 12. "Ye yourselves see" that the wicked often are afflicted (though often the reverse, Job 21:33). But do you "vainly" make this an argument to prove from my afflictions that I am wicked?27:11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the misery of wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Job considered that if it were not so, still the consequences of their death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter in a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction. While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now the day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his wrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, nor bearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to the arms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them, will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?
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