Job 33:12
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New International Version
"But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.

New Living Translation
"But you are wrong, and I will show you why. For God is greater than any human being.

English Standard Version
“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

King James Bible
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.

International Standard Version
"You aren't right about this; My response is that God is greater than human beings.

NET Bible
Now in this, you are not right--I answer you, for God is greater than a human being.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You aren't right about this! I've got an answer for you: God is greater than any mortal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I answer thee: In this thou art not right, That God is too great for man;

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this,
            For God is greater than man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, in this thou art not just; I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

American King James Version
Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

American Standard Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified : I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right; for +God is greater than man.

English Revised Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; for God is greater than man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

World English Bible
"Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in this thou hast not been righteous, I answer thee, that greater is God than man.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
11'He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.' 12"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man. 13"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?…
Cross References
Job 11:7
"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

thou

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 34:10-12,17-19,23 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Job 35:2 Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's?

Job 36:22,23 Behold, God exalts by his power: who teaches like him…

Ezekiel 18:25 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house …

Romans 9:19-21 You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has …

I will

Job 32:17 I said, I will answer also my part, I also will show my opinion.

Job 35:4 I will answer you, and your companions with you.

God

Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself …

Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard …

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength …

Job 40:2,8,9 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? said the …

(12) Behold, in this thou art not just.--But had not Job said the same thing? (Job 9:2, &c., Job 9:14, &c.); and is it possible to conceive that any one could think otherwise, more especially as Elihu used the word which specially means man in his frailty?

Verse 12. - Behold, in this thou art not just. It would certainly not have been a just charge to make against God, that he counted Job as an enemy; and, so far as Job's statements go, it must be admitted that he had laid himself open to Elihu's rebuke. But it is no logical "answer" to Job's charge to say, in reply to it, I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Might does not constitute right, and it is a poor way of justifying God to urge that he is all-powerful, and may do what he likes. So Cambyses was justified in his worst acts by the royal judges (Herod., 3:31); and so in an absolute monarchy it is always possible to justify the extremest acts of tyranny. Certainly God cannot act unjustly; but this is not because his doing a thing makes it right, but because his justice, is a law to his will, and he never wills to do anything that he has not previously seen to be just (see Cudworth's 'Immutable Morality,' which deserves the careful study, not alone of moralists, but also of theologians). Behold, in this thou art not just,.... Here begins Elihu's answer, who does not deny that Job was a just man, both before God in an evangelic sense, and before men in a moral sense; he did not go about to detract from Job's general character, as a man that lived soberly, righteously, and godly in the world; but in this he was not just, nor is it to be justified, with respect to this thing, he could not acquit him of doing what was wrong; namely, insisting so much on his own innocence, and tacking therewith such unbecoming and undue reflections on the dealings of God with him; he did not give to God his due, he did not do him justice in representing him in this light; he did not say nor do the right thing, so Mr. Broughton translates the words,

"lo, here thou art not in the right;''

see Job 32:2;

I will answer thee; or "I must tell thee"; as the same writer renders the words, being able to make it clear and plain:

that God is greater than man: than any man, than the greatest of men, most famous for power, wisdom, or justice; he is not only greater in his power, faithfulness, goodness, grace, and mercy, but in his holiness and righteousness, wisdom and knowledge; and therefore can never do either an unjust thing, or an unwise one; and for man, who is both sinful and ignorant, even the best in comparison of him, to arraign him at his bar, is very arrogant and presumptuous; since he knows best what to do, and what are his reasons for so doing, and is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 12. in this—view of God and His government. It cannot be that God should jealously "watch" man, though "spotless," as an "enemy," or as one afraid of him as an equal. For "God is greater than man!" There must be sin in man, even though he be no hypocrite, which needs correction by suffering for the sufferer's good.33:8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice and goodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour, we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable to us. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strive with a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts with perfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceive it.
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