Job 32:13
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New International Version
Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; let God, not a man, refute him.'

New Living Translation
And don't tell me, 'He is too wise for us. Only God can convince him.'

English Standard Version
Beware lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.’

New American Standard Bible
"Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; God will rout him, not man.'

King James Bible
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So do not claim, "We have found wisdom; let God deal with him, not man."

International Standard Version
"So that you cannot claim, 'We have found wisdom!' let God do the rebuking, not man;

NET Bible
So do not say, 'We have found wisdom! God will refute him, not man!'

New Heart English Bible
Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom, God may refute him, not man;'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So don't say, 'We've found wisdom. Let God, not humans, defeat him.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Beware lest ye say: 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man!'

New American Standard 1977
“Do not say,
            ‘We have found wisdom;
            God will rout him, not man.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom; it is needful that God thrust him down, and not man.

King James 2000 Bible
Lest you should say, We have found out wisdom: God vanquishes him, not man.

American King James Version
Lest you should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusts him down, not man.

American Standard Version
Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest you should say : We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.

Darby Bible Translation
That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; God will make him yield, not man.

English Revised Version
Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man:

Webster's Bible Translation
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

World English Bible
Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom, God may refute him, not man;'

Young's Literal Translation
Lest ye say, We have found wisdom, God doth thrust him away, not man.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
12"I even paid close attention to you; Indeed, there was no one who refuted Job, Not one of you who answered his words. 13"Do not say, We have found wisdom; God will rout him, not man.' 14"For he has not arranged his words against me, Nor will I reply to him with your arguments.…
Cross References
Job 31:40
Let briars grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

Job 32:12
"I even paid close attention to you; Indeed, there was no one who refuted Job, Not one of you who answered his words.

Job 32:14
"For he has not arranged his words against me, Nor will I reply to him with your arguments.

Jeremiah 9:23
Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
Treasury of Scripture

Lest you should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusts him down, not man.

Lest

Genesis 14:23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that …

Judges 7:2 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too …

Isaiah 48:5,7 I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came …

Zechariah 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first…

We

Job 12:2 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

Job 15:8-10 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself…

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Ezekiel 28:3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can …

1 Corinthians 1:19-21,27-29 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

God

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I …

Job 2:10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. …

Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils …

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof …

Job 19:6,21 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net…

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except …

(13) Lest ye should say.--That is, "I resolved to speak, lest ye should think yourselves wise, and that God was afflicting him on account of his sins." God is declaring his guilt in such a way that man's opinion matters little.

Verse 13. - Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom; or, beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom (see the Revised Version). "Do not suppose, i.e., that you have triumphed in the controversy, that your mode of meeting Job's complaints is the wise and right one. The exact reverse is the case. You have not vanquished Job. On the contrary, he is unvanquished, and remains master of the field. If he is ever to be vanquished, it will not be by you. God thrusteth (rather, may thrust) him down, not man. A true prophecy! (see Job 40:1-14). Lest ye should say, we have found out wisdom,.... They were left to themselves, and not directed to take the proper methods of convincing Job, and answering his arguments; lest they should be wise in their own conceits, and attribute too much to themselves; or Elihu told them this, that they had not convicted Job, though they had condemned him, nor answered his arguments, though they had left off speaking; and this he was obliged to say, and that for the reason before observed: for all wisdom is of God, and not to be found out or acquired by men; not natural wisdom, that is not of men, but of God, and especially supernatural wisdom, or the knowledge of divine and spiritual things, and the reason of God's dealings with the sons of men in the different manner he does, see Job 28:12;

God thrusteth him down, not man: some think Elihu says this in reference to himself, whom God would make use of as an instrument to convince Job and answer his arguments; and that he would ascribe this not to himself, but to God; they took a natural way to convince Job, which failed, that they might not be proud of their own wisdom; he should take a more divine and spiritual method, and, if he succeeded, he should give all the glory to God, and ascribe nothing to himself: as in the conviction and conversion of a sinner, though ministers are instruments, it is not by might or power of men, but by the Spirit of the Lord of Hosts; it is God that thrusts down man from a vain opinion he has of himself; that convinces him of sin, that takes him off of his own righteousness, and humbles him, and lays him low at his feet: but they rather seem to be the words of Job's friends, as related by Elihu; and the sense is in connection with the former, either that they found it was the wisest method they could take with Job to be silent, and leave him to himself, lest they should add to his afflict; on; to which Jarchi inclines, who paraphrases it,

"we found wisdom by our silence, that we may not provoke him any more;''

which, if their sense, shows more tenderness and compassion than they had hitherto expressed, and answers pretty much to the advice given 2 Corinthians 2:6; or else their meaning is, that they found it the best and wisest way to leave him with God, he being so obstinate and incorrigible that none but God could move him; it was not in the power of men, or of words used by men, to make him sensible of things; or rather the meaning is, Elihu was obliged to tell them, that none of them had convinced Job, or answered his arguments, lest they should say, we have found out a wise and strong argument, proving the charge brought against him, that he must be a wicked man and an hypocrite, since God has so sorely afflicted him, and thrust him down from all his grandeur and dignity; which no man could ever have done, and God would not, if he had not been the man we suppose him to be; now Elihu's view is to observe to them, that there was nothing in this argument convincing, in which they imagined so much wisdom lay. Job's afflictions, indeed, were of God, and not men; and which he often owns himself; but this was no proof or argument of his being a wicked man: Mr. Broughton renders the words,

"the Omnipotent doth toss him, not man.'' 13. This has been so ordered, "lest you should" pride yourselves on having overcome him by your "wisdom" (Jer 9:23, the great aim of the Book of Job); and that you may see, "God alone can thrust him down," that is, confute him, "not man." So Elihu grounds his confutation, not on the maxims of sages, as the friends did, but on his special commission from God (Job 32:8; 33:4, 6).32:6-14 Elihu professes to speak by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and corrects both parties. He allowed that those who had the longest experience should speak first. But God gives wisdom as he pleases; this encouraged him to state his opinion. By attention to the word of God, and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, young men may become wiser than the aged; but this wisdom will render them swift to hear, slow to speak, and disposed to give others a patient hearing.
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