Job 42:5
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New International Version
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

New Living Translation
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

English Standard Version
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;

New American Standard Bible
"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;

King James Bible
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes have seen You.

International Standard Version
I've heard you with my ears; and now I've seen you with my eyes.

NET Bible
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye has seen you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I had heard about you with my own ears, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With my ears I had heard thee; but now my eyes see thee.

King James 2000 Bible
I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.

American King James Version
I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.

American Standard Version
I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; But now mine eye seeth thee:

Douay-Rheims Bible
With the hearing of the ear, I have heard thee, but now my eye seeth thee.

Darby Bible Translation
I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee:

English Revised Version
I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee,

Webster's Bible Translation
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee.

World English Bible
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.

Young's Literal Translation
By the hearing of the ear I heard Thee, And now mine eye hath seen Thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear. Hitherto, i.e., I have had nothing but hearsay knowledge of thee; I have not known thee in any true sense; but now - now that thou hast revealed thy-self - mine eye seeth thee; my spiritual eye is opened, and I begin to see thee in thy true might, thy true greatness, thy true inscrutableness. Now I recognize the distance which separates us, and feel how unreasonable it is that I should contend with thee, argue with thee, assume myself to be competent to pass judgment on thy doings. "Wherefore I abhor myself," etc.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear,.... From his ancestors, who in a traditionary way had handed down from one to another what they knew of God, his will and worship, his works and ways; and from those who had the care of his education, parents and tutors, who had instilled the principles of religion, and the knowledge of divine things, into him very early; and from such as might instruct in matters of religion in a public manner; and both by ordinary and extraordinary revelation made unto him, as was sometimes granted to men in that age in which Job 54ed; see Job 4:16. Though he had heard more of God through his speaking to him out of the whirlwind than ever he did before, to which he had attentively listened; and the phrase, hearing by or with the hearing of the ear, denotes close attention; see Ezekiel 44:5;

but now mine eye seeth thee; thy Shechinah, as Jarchi; thy divine glory and Majesty; the Logos, the Word or Son of God, who now appeared in an human form, and spake to Job out of the whirlwind; and whom he saw with the eyes of his body, as several of the patriarchs had seen him, and which is the sense of an ancient writer (n); though no doubt he saw him also with the eyes of his understanding, and had a clearer sight of his living Redeemer, the Messiah, than ever he had before; and saw more of God in Christ, of his nature, perfections, and glory, than ever he had as yet seen; and what he had heard of him came greatly short of what he now saw; particularly he had a more clear and distinct view of the sovereignty, wisdom, goodness, and justice of God in the dealings of his providence with the children of men, and with himself, to which now he humbly submitted.

(n) Euseb. Demonstr. Evangel. l. 1. c. 5. p. 11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. hearing of the ear—(Ps 18:44, Margin). Hearing and seeing are often in antithesis (Job 29:11; Ps 18:8).

seeth—not God's face (Ex 33:20), but His presence in the veil of a dark cloud (Job 38:1). Job implies also that, besides this literal seeing, he now saw spiritually what he had indistinctly taken on hearsay before God's infinite wisdom. He "now" proves this; he had seen in a literal sense before, at the beginning of God's speech, but he had not seen spiritually till "now" at its close.

Job 42:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Submits Himself to God
4'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.' 5"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; 6Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes."
Cross References
Romans 10:17
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Job 26:14
And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

Job 42:6
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."

Isaiah 6:5
"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."

Habakkuk 3:2
LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Treasury of Scripture

I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.

heard

Job 4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.

Job 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

Job 33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

mine

Job 23:8,9 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot …

Numbers 12:6-8 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting on …

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 12:41,45 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spoke of him…

Acts 7:55,56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into …

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