Job 36:23
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New International Version
Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?

New Living Translation
No one can tell him what to do, or say to him, 'You have done wrong.'

English Standard Version
Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?

New American Standard Bible
"Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, 'You have done wrong '?

King James Bible
Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who has appointed His way for Him, and who has declared, "You have done wrong"?

International Standard Version
Who ordained his path for him, and who has asked him, 'You are wrong, aren't you?'

NET Bible
Who has prescribed his ways for him? Or said to him, 'You have done what is wicked'?

New Heart English Bible
Who has prescribed his way for him? Or who can say, 'You have committed unrighteousness?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who can tell him which way he should go? Who can say to him, 'You did wrong'?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who hath enjoined Him His way? Or who hath said: 'Thou hast wrought unrighteousness'?

New American Standard 1977
“Who has appointed Him His way,
            And who has said, ‘Thou hast done wrong’?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who has prescribed his way unto him? Or who shall say unto him, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

King James 2000 Bible
Who has prescribed him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

American King James Version
Who has enjoined him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

American Standard Version
Who hath enjoined him his way? Or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who can search out his ways? or who can say to him : Thou has wrought iniquity?

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath appointed him his way? or who hath said, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?

English Revised Version
Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?

World English Bible
Who has prescribed his way for him? Or who can say, 'You have committed unrighteousness?'

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath appointed unto Him his way? And who said, 'Thou hast done iniquity?'
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
22"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him? 23"Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, You have done wrong'? 24"Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:4
"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

Job 8:3
"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?
Treasury of Scripture

Who has enjoined him his way? or who can say, You have worked iniquity?

Who hath

Job 34:13-33 Who has given him a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the …

Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has …

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? …

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

Thou

Job 8:3 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 34:10 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may …

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what …

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Verse 23. - Who hath enjoined him his way? (comp. Job 34:13). While God is thus the universal and all-perfect Teacher, there are some who would fain instruct him, dictate the course which he ought to pursue, improve and amend his universe. Something of this spirit has appeared in Job's remonstrances, which seem to insinuate that the Divine government of the world might be carried on better than it is (see Job 9:22-24; Job 10:3; Job 13:20-26; Job 16:11-17, etc.). Elihu's intention is to reprove Job for his presumption. Or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity? Job has not said this; but he has gone near to saying it (Job 9:24; Job 10:3; Job 21:7-26; Job 24:2-12, etc.); compare the comment on Job 34:5-12. Who hath enjoined him his way?.... He teaches men his own ways, the methods of his grace and mercy towards them; and he prescribes to them the ways in which they should walk; but none can lead or prescribe to him; as the way of governing the world, in what manner he should act in it; who has "taught him in the path of judgment?" or "showed to him the way of understanding?" Isaiah 40:14; and particularly whom he should afflict, in what manner he should do it, when and how long he should continue it; all which he does according to his sovereign will, and is not to be controlled: and, in a spiritual sense, no man can or ought to enjoin and prescribe to him whom he should save, and in what way; he saves whom he pleases, and in his own way, even by his Son Jesus Christ, and no other; or "who hath visited", or "should visit on him", or "with him his way" (e)? who can take upon him to examine into his ways, and scrutinize them, and call him to an account for what he does? no man can overlook his ways and works, or censure him for any of his actions:

or, who can say, thou hast wrought iniquity? this may be said of every man, but it cannot be said of God by any without sin; for, as there is no iniquity in his nature, there can be none in his works; not any in his works of providence, no, not in the afflictions of his people; just and true are all his ways.

(e) "quis visitavit super illum viam ejus", Montanus, Michaelis; "cum eo", Tigurine version. 23. Job dared to prescribe to God what He should do (Job 34:10, 13).36:15-23 Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.
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