Job 42:3
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New International Version
You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

New Living Translation
You asked, 'Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?' It is I--and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.

English Standard Version
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

New American Standard Bible
'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."

King James Bible
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You asked, "Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?" Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

International Standard Version
You asked, 'Who is this that darkens counsel without knowledge?' Well now, I have talked about what I don't understand— awesome things beyond me that I don't know.

NET Bible
you asked, 'Who is this who darkens counsel without knowledge?' But I have declared without understanding things too wonderful for me to know.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[You said,] 'Who is this that belittles my advice without having any knowledge [about it]?' Yes, I have stated things I didn't understand, things too mysterious for me to know.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

New American Standard 1977
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
            “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
            Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore, I have denounced that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered what I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

American King James Version
Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

American Standard Version
Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have spoken unwisely, and things that above measure exceeded my knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
Who is he that obscureth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered what I did not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

English Revised Version
Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that which I understood not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that which I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

World English Bible
You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' therefore I have uttered that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I didn't know.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is this, hiding counsel without knowledge?' Therefore, I have declared, and understand not, Too wonderful for me, and I know not.
Study Bible
Job Submits Himself to God
2"I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 3Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." 4'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.'…
Word Study

Who is he that hideth
`alam  (aw-lam')
to veil from sight, i.e. conceal -- any ways, blind, dissembler, hide (self), secret (thing).

counsel
`etsah  (ay-tsaw')
advice; by implication, plan; also prudence -- advice, advisement, counsel(l-(or), purpose.

without knowledge
da`ath  (dah'-ath)
knowledge -- cunning, (ig-)norantly, know(-ledge), (un-)awares (wittingly).

therefore have I uttered
nagad  (naw-gad')
to front, i.e. stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise

that I understood
biyn  (bene)
to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand

not things too wonderful
pala'  (paw-law')
perhaps to separate, i.e. distinguish; by implication, to be (causatively, make) great, difficult, wonderful

for me which I knew
yada`  (yaw-dah')
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
42:1-6 Job was now sensible of his guilt; he would no longer speak in his own excuse; he abhorred himself as a sinner in heart and life, especially for murmuring against God, and took shame to himself. When the understanding is enlightened by the Spirit of grace, our knowledge of Divine things as far exceeds what we had before, as the sight of the eyes excels report and common fame. By the teachings of men, God reveals his Son to us; but by the teachings of his Spirit he reveals his Son in us, Ga 1:16, and changes us into the same image, 2Co 3:18. It concerns us to be deeply humbled for the sins of which we are convinced. Self-loathing is ever the companion of true repentance. The Lord will bring those whom he loveth, to adore him in self-abasement; while true grace will always lead them to confess their sins without self-justifying.
Cross References
Job 5:9
Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.

Job 38:2
"Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.

Psalm 131:1
A Song of Ascents, of David. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.

Psalm 139:6
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Treasury of Scripture

Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Who

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

things

Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done, …

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

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