Job 4:16
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New International Version
It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:

New Living Translation
The spirit stopped, but I couldn't see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say,

English Standard Version
It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

New American Standard Bible
"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

King James Bible
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A figure stood there, but I could not recognize its appearance; a form loomed before my eyes. I heard a quiet voice:

International Standard Version
It remained standing, but I couldn't recognize its appearance. A form appeared before my eyes; At first there was silence, and then this voice:

NET Bible
It stands still, but I cannot recognize its appearance; an image is before my eyes, and I hear a murmuring voice:

New Heart English Bible
It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Something stood there. I couldn't tell what it was. A vague image was in front of my eyes. I heard a soft voice:

JPS Tanakh 1917
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes; I heard a still voice:

New American Standard 1977
“It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;
            A form was before my eyes;
            There was silence, then I heard a voice:

Jubilee Bible 2000
A ghost stood in front of me, whose face I did not recognize, and I heard it say,

King James 2000 Bible
It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

American King James Version
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

American Standard Version
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes: There was'silence, and I heard a voice,'saying ,

Douay-Rheims Bible
There stood one whose countenance I knew not, an image before my eyes, and I heard the voice as it were of a gentle wind:

Darby Bible Translation
It stood still; I could not discern the appearance thereof: a form was before mine eyes; I heard a slight murmur and a voice:

English Revised Version
It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; a form was before mine eyes: there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

World English Bible
It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
It standeth, and I discern not its aspect, A similitude is over-against mine eyes, Silence! and a voice I hear:
Study Bible
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
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: 17'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?…
Cross References
1 Kings 19:12
After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

Job 4:15
"Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.

Job 4:17
'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
Treasury of Scripture

It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

there, etc. or, I heard a still voice.

1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: …

Verse 16. - It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof. Canon Cook quotes, very appositely, Milton's representation of Death as a fearful shape,

"If shape it could be called that shape had none
Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb,
Or substance might be called that shadow seemed."
An image was before mine eyes; or, on appearance (LXX., μορφή). There was silence; or, a hush - "status aeris nullo motu turbati, et tranquillissimus" (Schulteus). And I heard a voice, saying. After a while the silence was broken by a voice, which whispered in Eliphaz's ear (setup. ver. 12). It stood still,.... That is, the spirit, or the angel in a visible form; it was before going to and fro, but now it stood still right against Eliphaz, as if it had something to say to him, and so preparing him to attend to it; which he might do the better, it standing before him while speaking to him, that he might have the opportunity of taking more notice of it:

but, notwithstanding this advantageous position of it:

I could not discern the form thereof; what it was, whether human or any other:

an image was before mine eyes; he saw something, some appearance and likeness, but could not tell what it was; perhaps the fear and surprise he was in hindered him from taking in any distinct idea of it, or that particular notice of it, so as to be able to form in his own mind any suitable notion of it, or to describe it to others:

there was silence both in the spirit or image, which, standing still, made no rushing noise, and in Eliphaz himself, who kept in his breath, and listened with all the attention he could to it; or a small low voice, as Ben Melech interprets it: so it follows:

and I heard a voice; a distinct articulate voice or sound of words, very audibly delivered by the spirit or image that stood before him:

saying; as follows. 16. It stood still—At first the apparition glides before Eliphaz, then stands still, but with that shadowy indistinctness of form which creates such an impression of awe; a gentle murmur: not (English Version): there was silence; for in 1Ki 19:12, the voice, as opposed to the previous storm, denotes a gentle, still murmur.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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