Job 35:5
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New International Version
Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.

New Living Translation
Look up into the sky, and see the clouds high above you.

English Standard Version
Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.

New American Standard Bible
"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you.

King James Bible
Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds high above you.

International Standard Version
"Observe the heavens! Take a look around! Look! The clouds are higher than you, aren't they?

NET Bible
Gaze at the heavens and see; consider the clouds, which are higher than you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Look at the heavens and see. Observe the clouds high above you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Look unto the heavens and see; and behold the heavens which are higher than thou.

King James 2000 Bible
Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.

American King James Version
Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.

American Standard Version
Look unto the heavens, and see; And behold the skies, which are higher than thou.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Look up to heaven and see, and behold the sky, that it is higher than thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Look unto the heavens and see; and survey the skies: they are higher than thou.

English Revised Version
Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the skies, which are higher than thou.

Webster's Bible Translation
Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.

World English Bible
Look to the heavens, and see. See the skies, which are higher than you.

Young's Literal Translation
Behold attentively the heavens -- and see, And behold the clouds, They have been higher than thou.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:1-8 Elihu reproves Job for justifying himself more than God, and called his attention to the heavens. They are far above us, and God is far above them; how much then is he out of the reach, either of our sins or of our services! We have no reason to complain if we have not what we expect, but should be thankful that we have better than we deserve.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou; i.e. "look to the material sky and heavens, so far above thee and so unapproachable, and judge from them how far the God who made them is above thy puny, feeble self - how incapable he is of being touched by any of thy doings."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Look unto the heavens, and see,.... The firmament of heaven, in which are the sun and moon and stars:

and behold the clouds which are higher than thou; the clouds of the air or sky, which are lower than the starry heavens, yet these were higher than Job, and much more the starry heavens: but because the word has the signification of "thinness", which does not so well agree with the clouds, which are thick substances, condensed air; some take it to be meant of the supreme region of the heavens, which is pure and thin; so Sephorno: and Job is directed to look to these, not as stargazers do, such as are given to judicial astrology, to judge of the fates of men and kingdoms; but rather thereby to be led to the contemplation of God the author of them, and the glorious perfections of his being they display; and chiefly to observe the height of them, that they were out of his reach, and he could neither help them nor hurt them; that he could neither increase nor diminish the light of the celestial bodies, which he could only behold; nor either advance or hinder their course, nor in the least add to or abate their influence and efficacy; and if he could neither be beneficial nor harmful to them, how was it possible that he could be of any advantage or detriment to God, by any actions of his, good or bad, who is higher and out of sight? This is the answer Elihu in general returned, he more particularly replies as follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5-8. Elihu like Eliphaz (Job 22:2, 3, 12) shows that God is too exalted in nature to be susceptible of benefit or hurt from the righteousness or sin of men respectively; it is themselves that they benefit by righteousness, or hurt by sin.

behold the clouds, which are higher than thou—spoken with irony. Not only are they higher than thou, but thou canst not even reach them clearly with the eye. Yet these are not as high as God's seat. God is therefore too exalted to be dependent on man. Therefore He has no inducement to injustice in His dealings with man. When He afflicts, it must be from a different motive; namely, the good of the sufferer.

Job 35:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
4"I will answer you, And your friends with you. 5"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you. 6"If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?…
Cross References
Genesis 15:5
He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

Job 22:12
"Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

Job 35:4
"I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.

Psalm 8:3
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
Treasury of Scripture

Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you.

Look

Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the …

Job 25:5,6 Behold even to the moon, and it shines not; yes, the stars are not …

Job 36:26-33 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number …

Job 37:1-5,22,23 At this also my heart trembles, and is moved out of his place…

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven …

Psalm 8:3,4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

Isaiah 40:22,23 It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants …

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

the clouds

Job 36:29 Also can any understand the spreading of the clouds, or the noise …

Job 37:16 Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of him …

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

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