Job 35:14
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New International Version
How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,

New Living Translation
You say you can't see him, but he will bring justice if you will only wait.

English Standard Version
How much less when you say that you do not see him, that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!

New American Standard Bible
"How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!

King James Bible
Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
how much less when you complain that you do not see Him, that your case is before Him and you are waiting for Him.

International Standard Version
Even though you complain that you can't perceive him, your case is already pending for judgment in his presence so keep on placing your hope in him.

NET Bible
How much less, then, when you say that you do not perceive him, that the case is before him and you are waiting for him!

New Heart English Bible
How much less when you say you do not see him. The cause is before him, and you wait for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although you say that you pay attention to him, your case is in front of him, but you'll have to wait for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, when thou sayest thou canst not see Him-- The cause is before Him; therefore wait thou for Him.

New American Standard 1977
“How much less when you say you do not behold Him,
            The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!

Jubilee Bible 2000
For much that thou dost say, he will not look upon it, submit to judgment before him, and trust thou in him.

King James 2000 Bible
Although you say you shall not see him, yet justice is before him; therefore you must trust in him.

American King James Version
Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust you in him.

American Standard Version
How much less when thou sayest thou beholdest him not, The cause is before him, and thou waitest for him!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea when thou shalt say : He considereth not : be judged before him, and expect him.

Darby Bible Translation
Although thou sayest thou dost not see him, judgment is before him, therefore wait for him.

English Revised Version
How much less when thou sayest thou beholdest him not, the cause is before him, and thou waitest for him!

Webster's Bible Translation
Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.

World English Bible
How much less when you say you don't see him. The cause is before him, and you wait for him!

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, though thou sayest thou dost not behold Him, Judgment is before Him, and stay for Him.
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
13"Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it. 14"How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him! 15"And now, because He has not visited in His anger, Nor has He acknowledged transgression well,…
Cross References
Job 9:11
"Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

Job 23:8
"Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

Job 23:9
When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.

Job 31:35
"Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written,

Job 35:15
"And now, because He has not visited in His anger, Nor has He acknowledged transgression well,
Treasury of Scripture

Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust you in him.

thou sayest

Job 9:11 See, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive …

Job 23:3,8-10 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!…

yet

Job 9:19 If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who …

Job 19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but …

Psalm 77:5-10 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times…

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious to you, …

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

Micah 7:7-9 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my …

trust

Psalm 27:12-14 Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses …

Psalm 37:5,6 Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass…

Psalm 62:5,8 My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him…

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that …

(14) Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him.--Rather, Dost not behold Him.

Verse 14. - Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him; rather, How much less when thou sayest thou canst not see him! (compare the Revised Version); i.e. how much less will God attend to thy prayers when thou sayest that thou canst not see or find him (Job 9:11; Job 23:3, 8-10), that he is altogether hid from thee, and treats thee as an enemy (Job 33:10)! Still, judgment (or, the cause, i.e. "thy cause') is before him, or "awaits his decision." Therefore trust thou in him. Wait on, in patience and trust. The last word is not yet spoken. Although thou sayest thou shall not see him,.... Which is another expression of Job's taken notice of by Elihu, and to which he makes answer; he seems to refer to Job 23:3. God is indeed invisible in his nature and essence, but is to be seen in his works of creation and providence; which Job was acquainted with, and in which he had seen somewhat of the glory of God, and of his divine perfections in them. See Job 9:4. And he is to be seen in Christ by an eye of faith, and Job had trusted in him as his salvation; and he will be seen with the beatific vision in heaven as he is, in a more glorious and perfect manner, which Job had a full persuasion of, Job 13:15; and therefore is not to be understood in either of those senses, but of his not seeing him on a throne of judgment, hearing and trying his cause, judging and acquitting him; this he had often desired, but despaired of ever seeing it; see Job 23:4; to which Elihu replies;

yet judgment is before him; all things are naked and open to him, and stand clear before him; he has perfect knowledge of what is right and wrong; no cause is unknown to him, and needs not to be searched into by him; nor can he nor will he ever pass a wrong judgment: he is just and true, righteous in all his ways and works, the Judge of the whole earth, who will do right, and will plead and judge the cause of every good man sooner or later; if not now, there is a judgment to come with him, when all must appear before his judgment seat, and he will render unto every man according to his works;

therefore trust thou in him, or "wait for him" (c); wait for his coming to judgment: wait till that time comes when everything will be brought to light, and every good man shall have praise of God. Or, as we render it, "trust in him"; God alone is the object of trust and confidence, and happy is the man that trusts in him; he is to be trusted in for all things, both temporal, spiritual, and eternal; and particularly for this of doing justice to his people; if not now, yet hereafter, he will render tribulation to them that trouble them; he will right all their wrongs and avenge their injuries, and remove the rebuke that is upon them, and confess them before men and angels, and declare them righteous, and receive them into his kingdom and glory: and be is to be trusted in at all times, in times of adversity as well as prosperity; and even when he is not to be seen, and the dispensations of his providence are dark and intricate, see Isaiah 50:10; The word used signifies such a trust, hope, and waiting, as of a woman in travail, who bears her pains patiently, holding and trusting for a safe deliverance of a child, to the joy of her and her family.

(c) "et expectabis eum", Montanus; "expecta eum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus; so Michaelis, Schultens. 14. Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him—(as a temporal deliverer; for he did look for a Redeemer after death, Job 19:25-27; which passage cannot consistently with Elihu's assertion here be interpreted of "seeing" a temporal "redeemer"), Job 7:7; 9:11; 23:3, 8, 9; yet, judgment … ; therefore trust … But the Hebrew favors Maurer, "How much less (will God … regard, Job 35:13), since thou sayest, that He does not regard thee." So in Job 4:19. Thus Elihu alludes to Job's words (Job 19:7; 30:20).

judgment—that is, thy cause, thy right; as in Ps 9:16; Pr 31:5, 8.

trust—rather, "wait thou" on Him, patiently, until He take up thy cause (Ps 37:7).35:14-26 As in prosperity we are ready to think our mountain will never be brought low; so when in adversity, we are ready to think our valley will never be filled up. But to conclude that to-morrow must be as this day, is as absurd as to think that the weather, when either fair or foul, will be always so. When Job looked up to God, he had no reason to speak despairingly. There is a day of judgment, when all that seems amiss will be found to be right, and all that seems dark and difficult will be cleared up and set straight. And if there is Divine wrath in our troubles, it is because we quarrel with God, are fretful, and distrust Divine Providence. This was Job's case. Elihu was directed by God to humble Job, for as to some things he had both opened his mouth in vain, and had multiplied words without knowledge. Let us be admonished, in our afflictions, not so much to set forth the greatness of our suffering, as the greatness of the mercy of God.
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