Job 4:15
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New International Version
A spirit glided past my face, and the hair on my body stood on end.

New Living Translation
A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end.

English Standard Version
A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.

New American Standard Bible
"Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.

King James Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wind passed by me, and I shuddered with fear.

International Standard Version
A spirit glided past me and made the hair on my skin to bristle.

NET Bible
Then a breath of air passes by my face; it makes the hair of my flesh stand up.

New Heart English Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A spirit passed in front of me. It made my hair stand on end.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then a spirit passed before my face, That made the hair of my flesh to stand up.

New American Standard 1977
“Then a spirit passed by my face;
            The hair of my flesh bristled up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then a spirit passed before me which caused the hair of my flesh to stand up.

King James 2000 Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

American King James Version
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

American Standard Version
Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when a spirit passed before me, the hair of my flesh stood up.

Darby Bible Translation
And a spirit passed before my face -- the hair of my flesh stood up --

English Revised Version
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

World English Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.

Young's Literal Translation
And a spirit before my face doth pass, Stand up doth the hair of my flesh;
Study Bible
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
14Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake. 15"Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up. 16"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:…
Cross References
Job 4:14
Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake.

Job 4:16
"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

Daniel 10:11
He said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Treasury of Scripture

Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

a spirit.

Psalm 104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, …

Luke 24:37-39 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had …

Hebrews 1:7,14 And of the angels he said, Who makes his angels spirits, and his …

the hair.

Isaiah 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; …

Isaiah 21:3,4 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold on …

Daniel 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled …

(15) A spirit passed before my face.--It is vain to argue from this passage that spiritual essences are capable of being seen by the bodily eye, because, first of all, the language is highly figurative and poetical, and because, secondly, every one understands that a spiritual manifestation can be made only to the spirit. The notion, therefore, of seeing a spirit is absurd in itself, because it involves the idea of seeing the invisible; but it is conceivable that the perceptions of the inner spirit may be so vivid as to assume the character of outward manifestations.

Verse 15. - Then a spirit passed before my face. It has been argued (Rosenmuller) that "a breath of air," and not "a spirit," is intended; but, in that ease, how are we to understand the expressions in the following verse: "it stood still," "the form thereof," "an image"? A breath of air, the very essence of which is to be in motion, cannot stand still, nor has it any "form," "appearance," or "imago." Granted that the Hebrew ruakh (רוח) may mean - like the Greek πνεῦμα, and the Latin spiritus - either an actual spirit, or a breath, a wind, it follows that, in every place where it occurs, we must judge by the context which is meant. Here certainly the context points to an actual living spirit, as what Eliphaz intended. Whether a spirit really appeared to him is a separate question. The whole may have been a vision; but certainly the impression left on Eliphaz was that he had had a communication from the spirit-world. The hair of my flesh stood up. Not the hair of his head only, but every hair on his whole body, stiffened, bristled, and rose up on end in horror (see the comment on ver. 14). Then a spirit passed before my face,.... Which some interpret of a wind (q), a blustering wind, that blew strong in his face; and so the Targum renders it, a stormy wind, such an one as Elijah perceived when the Lord spoke to him, though he was not in that, 1 Kings 19:11; or such a whirlwind, out of which the Lord spake to Job, Job 38:1; or rather, as Jarchi, an angel, an immaterial spirit, one of Jehovah's ministering spirits, clothed in an human form, and which passed and repassed before Eliphaz, that he might take notice of it:

the hair of my flesh stood up; erect, through surprise and dread; which is sometimes the case, when anything astonishing and terrible is beheld; the blood at such times making its way to the heart, for the preservation of that, leaves the external members of the body cold, and the skin of the flesh, in which the hair is, being contracted by the impetuous influx of the nervous fluid, causes the hair to stand upright, particularly the hair of the head, like the prickles or hedgehogs (r); which has been usual at the sight of an apparition (s).

(q) "ventus", Vatablus, Cocceius, Schmidt, Broughton. (r) "Obstupui, steteruntque comae----". Virgil. Aeneid. l. 2. ver. 774. & l. 3. ver. 48. "arrectaeque horrore comae". Aeneid. 4. ver. 286. & l. 12. ver. 888. (s) Vid. Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. p. 665. 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.
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