Job 36:4
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New International Version
Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.

New Living Translation
I am telling you nothing but the truth, for I am a man of great knowledge.

English Standard Version
For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

New American Standard Bible
"For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

King James Bible
For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, my words are not false; one who has complete knowledge is with you.

Contemporary English Version
You can rest assured that what I say is true.

Good News Translation
Nothing I say to you is false; you see before you a truly wise man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For my arguments are without flaw; one who has perfect knowledge is with you.

International Standard Version
because what I have to say isn't deceptive, and the one who has perfect knowledge is with you."

NET Bible
For in truth, my words are not false; it is one complete in knowledge who is with you.

New Heart English Bible
For truly my words are not false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, my words are not lies. The one who knows everything is [speaking] with you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For truly my words are not false; One that is upright in mind is with thee.

New American Standard 1977
“For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For truly my words are not lies; for I share perfect knowledge with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For truly my words shall not be false: he that is blameless in knowledge is with you.

American King James Version
For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.

American Standard Version
For truly my words are not false: One that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For indeed my words are without a lie, and perfect knowledge shall be proved to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For truly my words shall be no falsehood: one perfect in knowledge is with thee.

English Revised Version
For truly my words are not false: one that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

World English Bible
For truly my words are not false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

Young's Literal Translation
For, truly, my words are not false, The perfect in knowledge is with thee.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
3"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4"For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you. 5"Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.…
Cross References
Job 6:28
"Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.

Job 33:3
"My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.

Job 37:16
"Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,
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For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.

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(4) He that is perfect in knowledge.--We may presume that he meant God; but in the Authorised Version it looks very much as though he meant himself. (Comp. Job 37:16.) So apparently Vulg., "perfecta scientia probabitur tibi."

Verse 4. - For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. The words sound arrogant; but perhaps Elihu does not mean any more than W pledge himself to speak truthfully, and to say only what he has perfect knowledge cf. It is clear that he speaks of himself, net of God (Stanley Loathes). in the second clause of the verse, as in the first. For truly my words shall not be false,.... But strictly true; he would take the utmost care to say nothing but the truth, with the greatest impartiality and sincerity, so that what was said might be depended upon; truth spoken briefly, clearly, and on so important a subject as the righteousness of God, deserved attention;

he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee; meaning either God, whose knowledge is perfect, who knows all persons and things; knows himself, his nature, persons, and perfections; his thoughts, counsels, and purposes; all his creatures, angels and men; the hearts of all men, their thoughts, words, and works; he, the omniscient and omnipresent God was with Job, from whose presence there is no fleeing; and therefore it became him to be careful of his thoughts, words, and actions; that he did not entertain any unbecoming thoughts of God, and say anything unworthy of him, or do anything that tended to his dishonour; since he was present with him, and nothing could escape his notice: or else Elihu means himself; suggesting, that he who undertook to speak for God and plead his cause, and clear him from the charge of unrighteousness, was no novice, but one that thoroughly understood the point in hand; and though no man is perfect in knowledge in an absolute sense, yet may be in comparison of others; or however may be upright and sincere in his knowledge; which sense the word used often has; and so it may signify, that as he was a sincere searcher after knowledge, and had through divine goodness attained to a competent share of it, even of sound and not superficial knowledge, he should be honest and upright in the communication of it; and this he might choose to observe the more, to excite the attention of Job to what he had to say; though it may be the truest reading of the words is, "perfect knowledge" or "perfection of knowledge is with thee" (k), that is, in his own apprehension, so Jarchi; and may be understood either ironically, or rather really, insinuating that Job was a man of such consummate wisdom and knowledge, that he would easily see the force of his reasonings, and the justness of them, and acquiesce in them; and having thus prefaced his discourse, he next enters upon his subject.

(k) "scientiae perfectae tecum"; so some in Bar Tzemach. 4. I will not "speak wickedly for God," as the friends (Job 13:4, 7, 8)—that is, vindicate God by unsound arguments.

he that is perfect, etc.—Rather, as the parallelism requires, "a man of integrity in sentiments is with thee" (is he with whom thou hast to do). Elihu means himself, as opposed to the dishonest reasonings of the friends (Job 21:34).36:1-4 Elihu only maintained that the affliction was sent for his trial; and lengthened because Job was not yet thoroughly humbled under it. He sought to ascribe righteousness to his Maker; to clear this truth, that God is righteous in all his ways. Such knowledge must be learned from the word and Spirit of God, for naturally we are estranged from it. The fitness of Elihu's discourse to the dispute between Job and his friends is plain. It pointed out to Job the true reason of those trials with which he had been pointed out to Job the true reason of those trials with which he had been visited. It taught that God had acted in mercy towards him, and the spiritual benefit he was to derive from them. It corrected the mistake of his friends, and showed that Job's calamities were for good.
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