Job 35:13
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New International Version
Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.

New Living Translation
But it is wrong to say God doesn't listen, to say the Almighty isn't concerned.

English Standard Version
Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.

Berean Study Bible
Surely God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of it.

New American Standard Bible
"Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it.

King James Bible
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries, and the Almighty does not take note of it--

Contemporary English Version
If God All-Powerful refuses to answer their empty prayers,

Good News Translation
It is useless for them to cry out; Almighty God does not see or hear them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries, and the Almighty does not take note of it--

International Standard Version
Theirs is a useless plea— God won't listen; the Almighty won't pay any attention.

NET Bible
Surely it is an empty cry--God does not hear it; the Almighty does not take notice of it.

New Heart English Bible
Surely God will not hear an empty cry, neither will Shaddai regard it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Surely, God doesn't listen to idle complaints. The Almighty doesn't even pay attention to them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely God will not hear vanity, Neither will the Almighty regard it.

New American Standard 1977
“Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty look upon it.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

American King James Version
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

American Standard Version
Surely God will not hear an empty cry , Neither will the Almighty regard it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God therefore will not hear in vain, and the Almighty will look into the causes of every one.

Darby Bible Translation
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

English Revised Version
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

World English Bible
Surely God will not hear an empty cry, neither will the Almighty regard it.

Young's Literal Translation
Surely vanity God doth not hear, And the Mighty doth not behold it.
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
12There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men. 13Surely God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of it. 14How much less, then, when you say that you do not see Him, that your case is before Him and you must wait for Him,…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

Job 15:31
Let him not deceive himself with trust in emptiness, for emptiness will be his reward.

Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Jeremiah 11:11
Therefore this is what the LORD says: I am about to bring upon them a disaster that they cannot escape. They will cry out to Me, but I will not listen to them.

Micah 3:4
Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not answer them. At that time He will hide His face from them because of the evil they have done.

Treasury of Scripture

Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

God

Job 22:22-27 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words …

Job 27:8,9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Proverbs 15:8,29 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, …

Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried to me with their heart, when they howled …

Hosea 8:2,3 Israel shall cry to me, My God, we know you…

Matthew 6:7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for …

Matthew 20:21,22 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

regard

Job 30:20 I cry to you, and you do not hear me: I stand up, and you regard me not.

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Amos 5:22 Though you offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will …

(13) God will not hear vanity.--Some understand this as part of the cry in Job 35:12 : "Seeing it is all in vain, God doth not hear, neither doth the Almighty regard it."

Verse 13. - Surely God will not hear vanity. God will not hear prayers that are rendered "vain" by sin or defect in those who offer them, as by a want of faith, piety, humility, or resignation. Neither will the Almighty regard any such petitions. Surely God will not hear vanity,.... Or "a lie" (z), than which nothing is more an abomination to him; if men come to him with a lie in their mouths, they cannot expect to be heard by him; he is only nigh to those who call upon him in truth: or that which is "rash" (a); which is rashly uttered, and in a passionate wrathful manner, savouring of a revengeful spirit, too often the case of those that cry under oppression; see Ecclesiastes 5:2; or vain and empty prayers, a speech of vanity, as Aben Ezra; which as to the matter of them are about vain and empty things; only for outward mercies, worldly goods; and not for spiritual mercies, or such things as are according to the will of God; but what are pleasing to the flesh, and sought for to consume on the lusts of it, and therefore such prayers are not heard, Psalm 4:6; and as to the manner of them, they are not put up in the name of Christ, nor under the influence of the spirit of Christ, nor in the exercise of any grace, nor with reverence of God, nor with sincerity of soul, not in faith, nor with fervency: or "vanity" is put for vain men, as sin for sinners; such as are proud men, and are vainly puffed up in their fleshly mind. God hears humble penitent sinners, who find mercy with him; and humble saints, to whom he gives more grace; but not proud Pharisees, or men not humbled by afflictions; see Luke 18:11; nor light and empty persons, who are without God and Christ, destitute of the spirit, devoid of all grace, and full of all unrighteousness; unstable ones, who are vanity itself, and lighter than vanity, tossed to and fro like a wave of the sea, and double minded, James 1:6; nor men of vain conversations, that walk in the vanity of their minds, whose words are vain, and especially such as take the name of God in vain; and all whose actions are vain, or such that live a vain and sinful course of life; God hears not sinners, John 9:31;

neither will the Almighty regard it; vanity, vain prayers and vain persons; he regards the prayer of the destitute, the lowly, and the humble, but not the prayer of such as before described; he cannot "look" at, it (b), nor at them: he looks to the poor and contrite, and desires to see their countenance and hear their voice in prayer; but he is of purer eyes thou to look on vain persons and their vain prayers; and a greater contempt cannot be shown to petitioners and their petitions than when those to whom they apply will not so much as look at them, but turn both a deaf ear to them, and their eyes away from them.

(z) "falsitatem", Beza; "mendacium", Pagninus, Montanus. (a) "Quod temerarium est", Cocceius. (b) "non intuatur illud", Pagninus, Montanus; "non videt illud", Cocceius; so Michaelis and Schultens. 13. vanity—that is, cries uttered in an unhumbled spirit, Job 35:12, which applies in some degree to Job's cries; still more to those of the wicked (Job 27:9; Pr 15:29).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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