Job 35:11
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New International Version
who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?'

New Living Translation
Where is the one who makes us smarter than the animals and wiser than the birds of the sky?'

English Standard Version
who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’

New American Standard Bible
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'

King James Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who gives us more understanding than the animals of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?"

International Standard Version
who teaches us more than the earth's wild animals, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'

NET Bible
who teaches us more than the wild animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'

New Heart English Bible
who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
who teaches us more than he teaches the animals of the earth, who makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?'

New American Standard 1977
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
            And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

King James 2000 Bible
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

American King James Version
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

American Standard Version
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and instructeth us more than the fowls of the air.

Darby Bible Translation
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowl of the heavens?

English Revised Version
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

World English Bible
who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'

Young's Literal Translation
Teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, Yea, than the fowl of the heavens He maketh us wiser.'
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
10"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, 11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?' 12"There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns--and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Job 21:22
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

Job 36:22
"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

Psalm 94:10
He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge?

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, And whom You teach out of Your law;

Jeremiah 32:33
"They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.
Treasury of Scripture

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty …

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;

(11) Who teacheth us.--Or it may be, Who teacheth us by, and maketh us wise by, &c. Then the sense will be that the oppression is so severe that the victims of it forget that God can give songs in the night, and that He has favoured men more than the beasts of the field, and that, as not one sparrow can fall to the ground without Him, so He has even numbered the hairs of those who are of more value to Him than many sparrows.

Verse 11. - Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven. Elihu probably alludes to Job's defence of his complaints as natural, like the instinctive cries of beasts and birds (Job 6:5). God, he says, has given to man a higher nature than he has bestowal on the brutes; and this nature should teach him to carry his griefs to God in a proper spirit- a spirit of faith, piety, humility, and resignation. If men cried to him in this spirit, they would obtain an answer. If they do not obtain an answer, it must be that the proper spirit is lacking (comp. James 4:3). Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth?.... Who are taught and know much, especially some of them; but not so much as man, see Isaiah 1:3;

and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? who are wise to provide food and nests for themselves and their young; and such as are birds of passage, as the turtledove, the crane, the stork, and the swallow, to know the time of their coming and returning, see Jeremiah 8:7. But then neither the beasts not; the fowls, though they are endowed with much knowledge and sagacity, according to their natures, yet not with reason and understanding, as men are, so as to make reflections on things they see and hear, and reason and discourse about them; nor are they capable of being taught and attaining to knowledge and wisdom as men are, by the works of God, of creation, and providence; and by the word of God, the Scriptures of truth, which are able to make men wise unto salvation; and by the Spirit of God, who teaches all things of a spiritual nature. God not only endows men with reason, but with sentiments of religion, which brutes are incapable of: he gives to men wisdom in the hidden part; he puts in them his fear, which is the beginning of wisdom; he makes them wise to know God in Christ, and to know his Son Jesus Christ, whom to know is life eternal; and he gives them knowledge of a future state, and hope of immortality and eternal life. Wherefore it becomes them to bear afflictions and oppressions with a fortitude of mind, and patiently submit to the will of God, and wait his time for deliverance, having called upon him in faith, and left their case with him; but if they only cry, as the brutes do under their burdens, it need not seem strange they are not heard and answered; since God has given them more wisdom and knowledge than they, and therefore should behave after another manner; though sometimes they act a part inferior to them, Jde 1:10. 11. Man's spirit, which distinguishes him from the brute, is the strongest proof of God's beneficence; by the use of it we may understand that God is the Almighty helper of all sufferers who humbly seek Him; and that they err who do not so seek Him.

fowls—(see on [539]Job 28:21).35:9-13 Job complained that God did not regard the cries of the oppressed against their oppressors. This he knew not how to reconcile the justice of God and his government. Elihu solves the difficulty. Men do not notice the mercies they enjoy in and under their afflictions, nor are thankful for them, therefore they cannot expect that God should deliver them out of affliction. He gives songs in the night; when our condition is dark and melancholy, there is that in God's providence and promise, which is sufficient to support us, and to enable us even to rejoice in tribulation. When we only pore upon our afflictions, and neglect the consolations of God which are treasured up for us, it is just in God to reject our prayers. Even the things that will kill the body, cannot hurt the soul. If we cry to God for the removal of an affliction, and it is not removed, the reason is, not because the Lord's hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; but because we are not sufficiently humbled.
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