Job 4:12
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New International Version
"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.

New Living Translation
"This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.

English Standard Version
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.

New American Standard Bible
"Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.

King James Bible
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.

International Standard Version
"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.

NET Bible
"Now a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear caught a whisper of it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I was told something secretly and heard something whispered in my ear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now a word was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

New American Standard 1977
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily,
            And my ear received a whisper of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the matter was also hidden from me, but my ear has perceived a little of it.

King James 2000 Bible
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a whisper of it.

American King James Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.

American Standard Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there was a word spoken to me in private, and my ears by stealth as it were received the veins of its whisper.

Darby Bible Translation
Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.

English Revised Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it.

World English Bible
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me. My ear received a whisper of it.

Young's Literal Translation
And unto me a thing is secretly brought, And receive doth mine ear a little of it.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:12-21 Eliphaz relates a vision. When we are communing with our own hearts, and are still, Ps 4:4, then is a time for the Holy Spirit to commune with us. This vision put him into very great fear. Ever since man sinned, it has been terrible to him to receive communications from Heaven, conscious that he can expect no good tidings thence. Sinful man! shall he pretend to be more just, more pure, than God, who being his Maker, is his Lord and Owner? How dreadful, then, the pride and presumption of man! How great the patience of God! Look upon man in his life. The very foundation of that cottage of clay in which man dwells, is in the dust, and it will sink with its own weight. We stand but upon the dust. Some have a higher heap of dust to stand upon than others but still it is the earth that stays us up, and will shortly swallow us up. Man is soon crushed; or if some lingering distemper, which consumes like a moth, be sent to destroy him, he cannot resist it. Shall such a creature pretend to blame the appointments of God? Look upon man in his death. Life is short, and in a little time men are cut off. Beauty, strength, learning, not only cannot secure them from death, but these things die with them; nor shall their pomp, their wealth, or power, continue after them. Shall a weak, sinful, dying creature, pretend to be more just than God, and more pure than his Maker? No: instead of quarrelling with his afflictions, let him wonder that he is out of hell. Can a man be cleansed without his Maker? Will God justify sinful mortals, and clear them from guilt? or will he do so without their having an interest in the righteousness and gracious help of their promised Redeemer, when angels, once ministering spirits before his throne, receive the just recompence of their sins? Notwithstanding the seeming impunity of men for a short time, though living without God in the world, their doom is as certain as that of the fallen angels, and is continually overtaking them. Yet careless sinners note it so little, that they expect not the change, nor are wise to consider their latter end.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
11"The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered. 12"Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it. 13"Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,…
Cross References
Job 26:14
"Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"

Job 33:15
"In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,
Treasury of Scripture

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.

a thing.

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

secretly. Heb. by stealth. a little.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now …

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