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

New Living Translation
We cannot imagine the power of the Almighty; but even though he is just and righteous, he does not destroy us.

English Standard Version
The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.

New American Standard Bible
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

King James Bible
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Almighty--we cannot reach Him-- He is exalted in power! He will not oppress justice and abundant righteousness,

International Standard Version
We cannot find the Almighty— he is majestic in power and justice, and overflowing with righteousness; he never oppresses.

NET Bible
As for the Almighty, we cannot attain to him! He is great in power, but justice and abundant righteousness he does not oppress.

New Heart English Bible
We can't reach Shaddai. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Almighty, whom we can't reach, is great in power and judgment, has more than enough righteousness, and does not oppress.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The Almighty, whom we cannot find out, is excellent in power, Yet to judgment and plenteous justice He doeth no violence.

New American Standard 1977
“The Almighty—we cannot find Him;
            He is exalted in power;
            And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out; he is excellent in power and in judgment, and in plenty of righteousness he will not afflict.

King James 2000 Bible
As for the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in abundant justice: he will not afflict.

American King James Version
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

American Standard Version
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out He is excellent in power; And in justice and plenteous righteousness he will not afflict.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We cannot find him worthily : he is great in strength, and in judgment, and in justice, and he is ineffable.

Darby Bible Translation
The Almighty, we cannot find him out: excellent in power, and in judgment, and in abundance of justice, he doth not afflict.

English Revised Version
Touching the Almighty, we can not find him out; he is excellent in power: and in judgment and plenteous justice he will not afflict.

Webster's Bible Translation
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in abundance of justice: he will not afflict.

World English Bible
We can't reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.

Young's Literal Translation
The Mighty! we have not found Him out, High in power and judgment, He doth not answer! And abundant in righteousness,
Study Bible
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
22"Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty. 23"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness. 24"Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart."…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

1 Timothy 6:16
He alone is immortal and dwells in unapproachable light. No one has ever seen Him, nor can anyone see Him. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

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

Job 9:4
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

Job 11:7
"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

Job 11:8
"They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

Job 25:2
"Dominion and awe belong to Him Who establishes peace in His heights.

Job 36:3
"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Job 36:5
"Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.

Job 36:26
"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.
Treasury of Scripture

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

we

Job 37:19 Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech …

Job 11:7 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection?

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

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

Proverbs 30:3,4 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy…

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the …

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

excellent

Job 9:4,19 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself …

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength …

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 66:3 Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness …

Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed …

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Psalm 146:6,7 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which …

Isaiah 45:21 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

in judgment

Psalm 36:5-7 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches …

he will

Job 16:7-17 But now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company…

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Lamentations 3:32,33 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according …

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

(23) Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out.--He is excellent, or mighty, in power and justice, &c.

Verse 23. - Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out. This is the "conclusion of the whole matter." God is inscrutable, and man must hide his face before him and not presume to judge him. He is also excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice. His moral perfection is on a par with his might and majesty. He will not afflict; rather, he will not answer; i.e. he will not account to men for his doings, or condescend to justify himself in their eyes. His acts cannot but be righteous. Touching the Almighty,.... Or with respect to God, who is almighty; with whom nothing is impossible; who can do and does do all things he pleases, and more than we can ask or think; and who is all sufficient, as this word is by some rendered; has enough of every thing in himself and of himself to make him happy; and needs not any of his creatures, nor anything they can do or give him, but has a sufficiency for himself and them;

we cannot find him out; found he may be in his works, and especially in his Son, the express image of his person; in whom he makes himself known as the God of grace: but he is not to be found out to perfection; neither by the light of nature, which is very dim, and by which men grope after him, if haply they may find him; nor even by the light of grace in the present state: and there are many things in God quite out of the reach of man, and ever will be, fully to comprehend; as the modes of the subsistence of the three Persons in the Godhead; the eternity and immensity of God; with all secret things, which belong not to us to inquire curiously into;

he is excellent in power; or great and much in it; which is displayed in the works of creation and sustentation of the world; in the redemption and conversion of his people; in the support, protection, and preservation of them; and in the destruction of his and their enemies;

and in judgment; in the government of the world in so righteous a manner; in the judgments he executes on wicked men; and as he will appear to be in the general judgment of the world, at the great day, which will be a righteous one;

and in plenty of justice; being most just, righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works; distributing justice to all, acting according to the rules of it, in all things and towards all persons; so that though he is great in power, he does not abuse that power, to do things that are not just;

he will not afflict; without a just cause and reason for it; nor willingly, but with reluctance; nor never beyond deserts, nor more than he gives strength to bear; and only for the good of his people, and in love to them. Some render it, "he will not answer" (b); or give an account of his matters, or the reason of his dealings with men.

(b) "non respondebit", Tigurine version; so some in Mercerus and Drusius. 23. afflict—oppressively, so as to "pervert judgment" as Job implied (see on [547]Job 8:3); but see on [548]Job 37:21, end of note. The reading, "He answereth not," that is, gives no account of His dealings, is like a transcriber's correction, from Job 33:13, Margin.37:21-24 Elihu concludes his discourse with some great sayings concerning the glory of God. Light always is, but is not always to be seen. When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in the clear day. The light of God's favour shines ever towards his faithful servants, though it be not always seen. Sins are clouds, and often hinder us from seeing that bright light which is in the face of God. Also, as to those thick clouds of sorrow which often darken our minds, the Lord hath a wind which passes and clears them away. What is that wind? It is his Holy Spirit. As the wind dispels and sweeps away the clouds which are gathered in the air, so the Spirit of God clears our souls from the clouds and fogs of ignorance and unbelief, of sin and lust. From all these clouds the Holy Spirit of God frees us in the work of regeneration. And from all the clouds which trouble our consciences, the Holy Spirit sets us free in the work of consolation. Now that God is about to speak, Elihu delivers a few words, as the sum of all his discourse. With God is terrible majesty. Sooner or later all men shall fear him.
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