Job 36:26
Parallel Verses
New International Version
How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

New Living Translation
"Look, God is greater than we can understand. His years cannot be counted.

English Standard Version
Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.

King James Bible
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, God is exalted beyond our knowledge; the number of His years cannot be counted.

International Standard Version
"God is truly awesome, beyond what we know; the number of his years is unknowable.

NET Bible
"Yes, God is great--beyond our knowledge! The number of his years is unsearchable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Certainly, God is so great that he is beyond our understanding. The number of his years cannot be counted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

American King James Version
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

American Standard Version
Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, God is great, exceeding our knowledge : the number of his years is inestimable.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, God is great, and we comprehend [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

English Revised Version
Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

World English Bible
Behold, God is great, and we don't know him. The number of his years is unsearchable.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, God is high, And we know not the number of His years, Yea, there is no searching.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

36:24-33 Elihu endeavours to fill Job with high thought of God, and so to persuade him into cheerful submission to his providence. Man may see God's works, and is capable of discerning his hand in them, which the beasts are not, therefore they ought to give him the glory. But while the worker of iniquity ought to tremble, the true believer should rejoice. Children should hear with pleasure their Father's voice, even when he speaks in terror to his enemies. There is no light but there may be a cloud to intercept it. The light of the favour of God, the light of his countenance, the most blessed light of all, even that light has many a cloud. The clouds of our sins cause the Lord to his face, and hinder the light of his loving-kindness from shining on our souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 26-33. - Elihu passes now to a description, which must be allowed to be eloquent, of the power and providence of God, and especially of his power in the natural world. It is suggested that the storm, which ultimately broke at the theophania (Job 38:1), was already beginning to gather, and turned the thoughts of Elihu in this direction. He begins with the consideration of how rain is generated, passes rapidly to the gathering of the clouds from all quarters, and thence to the loud crashing of the thunder, and the dazzling flashes of the lightning, which illumine even the lowest depths of the sea (ver. 30). The effects of the storm are then spoken of, in words the exact meaning of which is very obscure (vers. 31-33). Verse 26. - Behold, God is great, and we know him not. This is the final lesson which Elihu seeks to impress on his hearers. God is so great their fully to comprehend him transcends the power of the human understanding. However much we know of him, there is more that we do not know. His nature is unsearchable; his depths (1 Corinthians 2:10) are inscrutable; try as we may, we can never "find him out" (Job 37:23). Neither can the number of his years be searched out. Even his duration, being eternal, is beyond us. We cannot realize the thought of pre- and post-eternity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, God is great,.... In his power and might, in his wisdom and knowledge, in his truth and faithfulness, in his love, grace, and mercy, and that to admiration; and it is worthy of notice and attention, which the word "behold", prefixed hereunto, is expressive of: or is "much" or "many" (f); as he is in his persons: for though his essence is one, his persons are more, they are three, Father, Son, and Spirit; in his perfections, of which there is a fulness; in his thoughts, counsels, purposes? and decrees, which respect other persons and things; in his works of creation, providence, and grace, and in the blessings of his goodness, which are so many as not to be reckoned up;

and we know him not; God is to be known by the works of creation, and even by the very Heathen; though such is their inattention to them, that they are said not to know God; yea, even the wisest among them, by all their wisdom, knew not God, 1 Corinthians 1:21; for though they might know there was a God, they knew not who and what he was. God is known by his word among those who are favoured with a divine revelation of him, and especially by true believers in Christ, who know God in Christ, whom to know is life eternal; and yet these know but in part, there is no finding out the Almighty to perfection; God is not known clearly, fully, and perfectly, by any: or "we know it not"; the greatness of God; he is great, but we know not how great he is; his greatness is beyond all conception and expression;

neither can the number of his years be searched out; years are ascribed to God, after the manner of men, otherwise, properly speaking, they are not applicable to him; by which time is measured, and which belongs not to the eternal God; however, the number of his years in an eternity past, and of those to come, cannot be searched out and reckoned up: it requires no great skill in arithmetic to reckon up the years of the oldest man that ever lived; yea, the months, the days, the hours, and minutes, of his life may be counted; but the years of the Most High cannot; this is a phrase expressive of the eternity of him which is, and was, and is to come, and who from everlasting to everlasting is God. He was before the world was, as the creation of it out of nothing shows. Jehovah the Father had a Son, and he loved him before the foundation of the world, and all his people in him; he made an everlasting choice of them in him, before the world began; he made an everlasting covenant with them in him, and gave them grace in him as early as that; he set him up as Mediator from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was; and will be the everlasting and unchangeable portion of his people to all eternity. Cocceius thinks that these words are expressive of the constant love of God to the church, and the continuance of his kingdom in it; and of his most fixed purpose of love to men, and indefatigable care of them.

(f) Sept. "multus", Mercerus, Drusius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. (Job 37:13). God's greatness in heaven and earth: a reason why Job should bow under His afflicting hand.

know him not—only in part (Job 36:25; 1Co 13:12).

his years—(Ps 90:2; 102:24, 27); applied to Jesus Christ (Heb 1:12).

Job 36:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
25"All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar. 26"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable. 27"For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Hebrews 1:12
You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."

Job 10:5
Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a strong man,

Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Job 36:25
All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar.

Job 36:27
"He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 102:24
So I said: "Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations.

Psalm 102:27
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

God

Job 37:5 God thunders marvelously with his voice; great things does he, which …

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

we

Job 11:7-9 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty …

Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard …

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in …

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

neither

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the …

Psalm 102:24-27 I said, O my God, take me not away in the middle of my days: your …

Hebrews 1:12 And as a clothing shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed: …

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

Jump to Previous
Comprehend Exalted Finding Great Greater Past Searched Searching Understanding Unsearchable
Jump to Next
Comprehend Exalted Finding Great Greater Past Searched Searching Understanding Unsearchable
Links
Job 36:26 NIV
Job 36:26 NLT
Job 36:26 ESV
Job 36:26 NASB
Job 36:26 KJV

Job 36:26 Bible Apps
Job 36:26 Bible Suite
Job 36:26 Biblia Paralela
Job 36:26 Chinese Bible
Job 36:26 French Bible
Job 36:26 German Bible

Alphabetical: and Behold beyond do exalted finding God great Him his How is know not number of our out past The understanding unsearchable we years

OT Poetry: Job 36:26 Behold God is great and we don't (Jb) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Job 36:25
Top of Page
Top of Page