Job 4:3
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New International Version
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.

New Living Translation
"In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.

English Standard Version
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.

King James Bible
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, you have instructed many and have strengthened weak hands.

International Standard Version
Look! You've admonished many people, and you've strengthened feeble hands.

NET Bible
Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, you have instructed many people: When hands were weak, you made them strong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.

American King James Version
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.

American Standard Version
Behold, thou hast instructed many, And thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold thou hast taught many, and thou hast strengthened the weary hands:

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands;

English Revised Version
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

World English Bible
Behold, you have instructed many, you have strengthened the weak hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, thou hast instructed many, And feeble hands thou makest strong.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-6 Satan undertook to prove Job a hypocrite by afflicting him; and his friends concluded him to be one because he was so afflicted, and showed impatience. This we must keep in mind if we would understand what passed. Eliphaz speaks of Job, and his afflicted condition, with tenderness; but charges him with weakness and faint-heartedness. Men make few allowances for those who have taught others. Even pious friends will count that only a touch which we feel as a wound. Learn from hence to draw off the mind of a sufferer from brooding over the affliction, to look at the God of mercies in the affliction. And how can this be done so well as by looking to Christ Jesus, in whose unequalled sorrows every child of God soonest learns to forget his own?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Behold, thou hast instructed many; or, corrected many. When others have been afflicted and murmured, thou hast corrected them, and shown them that they were suffering only what they deserved to suffer. In so doing, thou hast strengthened the weak hands; "given moral strength," i.e., "to those who were morally weak," upheld them, saved them from impatient words and hard thoughts of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, thou hast instructed many,.... This is introduced with a "behold", either as a note of admiration, that such a man, who had instructed others, should act the part he now does; or as a note of attention to Job himself, and all others that should hear and read this, to observe it, and well consider it, and make the proper use of it; or as a note of asseveration, affirming it to be true and certain, notorious and unquestionable, as no doubt it was: Job was the instructor, a great man, and yet condescended to teach and instruct men in the best things, as did also Abraham, David, Solomon, and others; and a good man, and so fit to teach good things, as every good man is, and who, according to his ability, the gift and measure of grace received should instruct others; and a man of great gift he was, both in things natural, civil, and religious; one that could speak well, and to the purpose, and so was apt and able to teach; and such should not disuse and hide their talents: the persons he instructed were not only his own family, his children and servants, as Abraham before him did; but others who attended him, and waited for his counsel and advice, his words and doctrine, as for the rain, and latter rain, and which dropped and distilled as such, see Job 29:15; and these were "many"; his many ignorant neighbours about him, or many professors of religion, as there might be, and it seems there were in this idolatrous country; and many afflicted ones among these, which is usually the case: Job had many scholars in his school, of different sorts, that attended on him; and these he instructed in the knowledge of the true God, his nature, perfections, and works; and of the living Redeemer, his person, office, grace, and righteousness; and of themselves, the impurity of their nature through original sin, he was acquainted with; their impotency and inability to purge themselves, to atone for sin, and to justify and make themselves acceptable to God; as well as he instructed them in the worship of God, and the manner of it, their duty to him and to one another, and to all their fellow creatures: some render it, "thou hast corrected", or "reproved many" (l); he had taught the afflicted to be patient under their afflictions, and had reproved them for their impatience; and the design of Eliphaz is to upbraid him with it, as in Romans 2:21; thou that didst correct others for their unbecoming behaviour under afflictions, art thyself guilty of the same: "turpe est doctori, cure culpa redarguit ipsum":

and thou hast strengthened the weak hands; either such as hung down through want of food, by giving it to them, both corporeal and spiritual, which strengthens men's hearts, and so their hands; or through sluggishness, by exhorting and stirring them up to be active and diligent; or through fear of enemies, especially spiritual ones, as sin, Satan, and the world; by reason of whose numbers and strength good men are apt to be dispirited, and ready to castaway their spiritual armour, particularly the shield of faith and confidence in God, as faint hearted soldiers in war, to which the allusion is: and these were strengthened by telling them that all their enemies were conquered, and they were more than conquerors over them; that the victory was certain, and their warfare accomplished, or would quickly be: or else, whose hands were weak through a sense of sin and danger, and being in expectation of the wrath, and vengeance of God; and who were strengthened by observing to them that there was a Saviour appointed and expected, a living Redeemer, who would stand upon the earth in the latter day, and save them from their sins, and from wrath to come; see Isaiah 35:3; or rather, such whose hearts and hands were, weak through sore and heavy afflictions, whom Job strengthened by showing them that their afflictions were of God; not by chance, but by appointment, and according to the sovereign will of God; that they were for their good, either temporal, spiritual, or eternal; and that they would not continue always, but have an end; and therefore should be patiently bore, see 1 Corinthians 12:11.

(l) "corripuisti", Mercerus, Michaelis; "castigasti", Codurcus, Drusius, Schmidt, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. weak hands—Isa 35:3; 2Sa 4:1.

Job 4:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Eliphaz: the Innocent Prosper
2"If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking? 3"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands. 4"Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.…
Cross References
Job 4:4
Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.

Job 29:11
Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me,

Job 29:15
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.

Job 29:16
I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.

Job 29:21
"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
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