|New International Version (©2011)|
he tells them what they have done-- that they have sinned arrogantly.
New Living Translation (©2007)
he shows them the reason. He shows them their sins of pride.
English Standard Version (©2001)
then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
God tells them what they have done and how arrogantly they have transgressed.
International Standard Version (©2012)
he'll reveal their actions to them, when their transgressions have become excessive.
NET Bible (©2006)
then he reveals to them what they have done, and their transgressions, that they were behaving proudly.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
he tells them what they've done wrong and that they've behaved arrogantly.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions, that they have exceeded.
American King James Version
Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
American Standard Version
Then he showeth them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
He shall shew them their works, and their wicked deeds, because they have been violent.
Darby Bible Translation
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions, because they have increased.
English Revised Version
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
Webster's Bible Translation
Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
World English Bible
then he shows them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
Young's Literal Translation
Then He declareth to them their work, And their transgressions, Because they have become mighty,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
36:5-14 Elihu here shows that God acts as righteous Governor. He is always ready to defend those that are injured. If our eye is ever toward God in duty, his eye will be ever upon us in mercy, and, when we are at the lowest, will not overlook us. God intends, when he afflicts us, to discover past sins to us, and to bring them to our remembrance. Also, to dispose our hearts to be taught: affliction makes people willing to learn, through the grace of God working with and by it. And further, to deter us from sinning for the future. It is a command, to have no more to do with sin. If we faithfully serve God, we have the promise of the life that now is, and the comforts of it, as far as is for God's glory and our good: and who would desire them any further? We have the possession of inward pleasures, the great peace which those have that love God's law. If the affliction fail in its work, let men expect the furnace to be heated till they are consumed. Those that die without knowledge, die without grace, and are undone for ever. See the nature of hypocrisy; it lies in the heart: that is for the world and the flesh, while perhaps the outside seems to be for God and religion. Whether sinners die in youth, or live long to heap up wrath, their case is dreadful. The souls of the wicked live after death, but it is in everlasting misery.
Verse 9. - Then he sheweth them their work. God, by his chastisements, makes men see what has been faulty in their life's work, in what respects they have been negligent, where they have lapsed into actual sin. Signal afflictions are a call to men to "consider their ways," and search out the nature of their offences. Some afflictions, as sickness and imprisonment, by depriving men of active employment, almost force them to engage in such a retrospect. And their transgressions that they have exceeded; rather, and their transgressions wherein they have behaved themselves proudly (compare the Revised Version). In all sin, as it is a contempt of God's Law, there is an element of pride. The temptation to pride especially besets those whose conduct is, in outward appearance, correct and virtuous.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Then he showeth them their work,.... Either what they ought to do, so the Tigurine version; and which they have not done, their sins of omission; when they have been negligent either of the duty of prayer in private and public, or of attendance on the ordinances of the house of God; then he sends an affliction, and by it, as in a glass, presents to their view the omissions they have been guilty of: or else the work which they have done, and should not have done, their sins of commission: sin is a work at which some toil and labour, and weary themselves to commit; it is a work of the flesh; and so it is in good men; it is a man's own work, and which he can work of himself; to have a will, and to do good works, is owing to God working in his people, and it is through him strengthening them they do them; but sin fill works are their own act and deed, though tempted to them by others, and which they are able to do of their own freewill and power. Now God, in the glass of affliction, holds forth to view the sinful actions of good men, and brings them to their remembrance which they had forgotten; as the cases of Joseph's brethren, David, and others, prove: the Lord shows them that they have done such actions, and shows them the evil of them, how exceeding sinful they are; and humbles them under a sense of them, and brings them to repentance for them, and the acknowledgment of them; which sense is confirmed by the next clause, which explains what this their work is,
and their transgressions that they have exceeded. Sin is a transgression of the law, 1 John 3:4; every sin, greater or lesser, is, and even righteous persons are guilty of many; for there is not a just man that sinneth not; and these exceed the bounds set by the righteous law of God, and many of them are sadly aggravated by the light and knowledge, grace and mercy, such have been favoured with; and some of them, they are suffered to fall into, are exceeding great and exceeding sinful; such as those of David, Peter, and others; all which they are made to see, bewail, and weep over, when God by afflictions brings them to a sense of them. Or "when" or "because they have prevailed" (m); or begin to prevail: as soon as ever indwelling sin begins to be prevalent, the Lord is pleased to take measures to nip it in the bud, by sending a sharp and severe affliction; or when it has prevailed greatly, as sometimes it does, so that good is hindered from being done, and much evil is committed, then the soul is so much under the power of it, as to be carried captive with it; see Romans 7:23. Or "because they are become proud", or "behaved themselves proudly" (n); and therefore he afflicts them to humble them, and drive pride from them.
(m) "quum invalescunt", Mercerus; "quum invaluerunt", Munster, Piscator; so Drusius, Panginus, Bolducius. (n) "Quia superbierunt", Tigurine version; so Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
that … exceeded—"In that they behaved themselves mightily" (literally, "great"); that is, presumptuously, or, at least, self-confidently.
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