Job 38:2
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New International Version
"Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?

New Living Translation
"Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?

English Standard Version
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

New American Standard Bible
"Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?

King James Bible
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is this who obscures My counsel with ignorant words?

International Standard Version
"Who is this who keeps darkening my counsel without knowing what he's talking about?

NET Bible
"Who is this who darkens counsel with words without knowledge?

New Heart English Bible
"Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who is this that belittles my advice with words that do not show any knowledge [about it]?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?

New American Standard 1977
“Who is this that darkens counsel
            By words without knowledge?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

King James 2000 Bible
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

American King James Version
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

American Standard Version
Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is this that wrappeth up sentences in unskillful words?

Darby Bible Translation
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

English Revised Version
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

World English Bible
"Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Young's Literal Translation
Who is this -- darkening counsel, By words without knowledge?
(2) Who is this?--The question may be answered by Job's own words (Job 14:1). It is a man as so described, a dying and enfeebled man, like Job himself, not even a man in his best estate, but one so persecuted and exhausted as Job: one, therefore, altogether unequal to the task he has undertaken.

That darkeneth counsel.--That is, probably, my counsel, which was the matter under debate. The words, however, are often used proverbially in a general sense. Such discussions, carried on, as they cannot but be, in entire ignorance by blind mortals, must to God's omniscience seem thus, and cannot be otherwise than the darkening of counsel by words without knowledge.

Verse 2. - Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? It is very noticeable that God entirely ignores the reasonings of Elihu, and addresses himself, in the first instance, wholly to Job, with whom he begins by remonstrating. Job has not been without fault. He has spoken many "words without knowledge" or with insufficient knowledge, and has thus trenched on irreverence, and given the enemies of God occasion to blaspheme. Moreover, he has "darkened counsel." Instead of making the ways of God clear to his friends and companions, he has east doubts upon God's moral government (Job 21:7-26), upon his mercy and loving-kindness (Job 16:7-14), almost upon his justice (Job 19:7; Job 31:1-35). He is thus open to censure, and receives censure, and owns himself "vile" (Job 40:4), before peace and reconciliation can be established. Who is this,.... Meaning not Elihu the last speaker, as some think; and there are some who suppose not only that these words are directed to him, but all that is said in this and the following chapter: but it was Job the Lord spoke to and answered, as expressed in Job 38:1; and these words are taken by Job to himself, Job 42:3. Concerning whom the Lord inquires, not as ignorant of him, who he was; but wondering that such a man as he should talk as he did; and as angry with him, and rebuking him for it;

that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? either his own counsel, his sense and sentiments of things, which were delivered in such an obscure manner as not to be intelligible by those that heard them; whereby they were led, as Job's friends were, into some mistaken notions of him: or rather the counsel of God, his works of providence, which are done according to the counsel of his will, and were misrepresented by Job, as not being wise and good, just and equitable; see Job 34:3. 2. this—Job.

counsel—impugning My divine wisdom in the providential arrangements of the universe. Such "words" (including those of the friends) rather obscure, than throw light on My ways. God is about to be Job's Vindicator, but must first bring him to a right state of mind for receiving relief.38:1-3 Job had silenced, but had not convinced his friends. Elihu had silenced Job, but had not brought him to admit his guilt before God. It pleased the Lord to interpose. The Lord, in this discourse, humbles Job, and brings him to repent of his passionate expressions concerning God's providential dealings with him; and this he does, by calling upon Job to compare God's being from everlasting to everlasting, with his own time; God's knowledge of all things, with his own ignorance; and God's almighty power, with his own weakness. Our darkening the counsels of God's wisdom with our folly, is a great provocation to God. Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and best into the will of the Lord.
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