Job 5:12
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New International Version
He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.

New Living Translation
He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed.

English Standard Version
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.

New American Standard Bible
"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.

King James Bible
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He frustrates the schemes of the crafty so that they achieve no success.

International Standard Version
He frustrates the plans of the crafty; so that what they work for never succeeds.

NET Bible
He frustrates the plans of the crafty so that their hands cannot accomplish what they had planned!

New Heart English Bible
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He keeps shrewd people from carrying out their plans so that they cannot do anything successfully.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can perform nothing substantial.

New American Standard 1977
“He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
            So that their hands cannot attain success.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

King James 2000 Bible
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their plans.

American King James Version
He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

American Standard Version
He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who bringeth to nought the designs of the malignant, so that their hands cannot accomplish what they had begun:

Darby Bible Translation
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, and their hands carry not out the enterprise.

English Revised Version
He frustrateth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

Webster's Bible Translation
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

World English Bible
He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.

Young's Literal Translation
Making void thoughts of the subtile, And their hands do not execute wisdom.
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
11So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success. 13"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.…
Cross References
Job 15:5
"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.

Psalm 33:10
The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.

Isaiah 8:10
"Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us."

Isaiah 44:25
Causing the omens of boasters to fail, Making fools out of diviners, Causing wise men to draw back And turning their knowledge into foolishness,

Jeremiah 8:8
"How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made it into a lie.

Obadiah 1:8
"Will I not on that day," declares the LORD, "Destroy wise men from Edom And understanding from the mountain of Esau?
Treasury of Scripture

He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

disappointeth.

Job 12:16,17 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his…

Nehemiah 4:15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known to …

Psalm 33:10,11 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the …

Psalm 37:17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Isaiah 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the middle thereof; and I will …

their hands.

Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, …

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, …

Acts 23:12-22 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

their enterprise. or, anything.

(12) So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.--Or, so that their hands can do-nothing that is sound or of worth, can accomplish nothing effectual.

Verse 12. - He disappointeth the devices of the crafty; or, frustrateth - makes them of no effect (comp. Psalm 33:10; Isaiah 8:10). Some suppose Eliphaz to insinuate here that Job's apparent wisdom has not been true wisdom, but cunning or craft, and that therefore God has brought it to nought. But to us it rather seems that he enunciates a.general sentiment, and a true one. He is giving examples of the "marvellous things" which God does (ver. 9), and naturally enumerates among them his victories over the craft and cunning of his adversaries (comp. Isaiah 44:25). So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise; literally, and their hands accomplish nothing solid. No substantial result is effected by all their scheming. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty,.... Or, "it disappointeth"; that is, the rain, as some Jewish commentators (m) interpret it, and the whole paragraph to this sense; the rain coming upon the earth makes it fruitful, and causes it to produce a plentiful crop, whereby the schemes of crafty men are disappointed, who in a time of drought withhold the corn, and enhance the price of it, and distress the poor; and this in order to make a penny of them, according to Amos 8:4; but through the rain falling are not able to gain their end, but are obliged to bring out their corn, and sell it at a low price, and so are taken in their own craftiness; their counsel becomes brutish, and they are brought into bad circumstances themselves, and the poor saved from being ground and oppressed by them, and have hope for the future of plenty of provisions, to the confusion and astonishment of their oppressors: but the Targum interprets this of the Egyptians cunningly devising mischief against the Israelites, without success; and not amiss, since that affair might be well known to Eliphaz, and he might have it in view: the fact was this, a new king of Egypt, after the death of Joseph, observing the great increase of the people of Israel in his dominions, and fearing, in case of a war, they should join the enemy, and get out of the land by such an opportunity, calls his nobles, courtiers, and counsellors together, to form some wise schemes how to diminish them, Exodus 1:8; and the first was to set taskmasters over them, and afflict them with hard bondage, but this succeeded not, Exodus 1:11; for the more they were afflicted the more they multiplied and grew; another decree was, to order the midwives to kill the male children of the Israelites, and save alive the females, Exodus 1:15; but the midwives, fearing God, obeyed not the order, and the people still multiplied, Exodus 1:17; and then a third project was formed, to cast every son born to the Israelites into the river, and drown them, Exodus 1:22; but notwithstanding this they were preserved, as Moses, Exodus 2:10, and doubtless many others; the people increased so, that they went out of Egypt six hundred thousand men, Exodus 12:37; this was a recent thing, it may be in the times of Eliphaz, and which he might easily call to mind: and he might also have respect to a more remote case, that of the builders of Babel, who devised a scheme to build a tower, whose top should reach to heaven, and secure them from a dispersion of them throughout the earth, Genesis 11:1; when God descended in the display of his power and providence, confounded their language, so that they were obliged to desist from their enterprise, and were scattered throughout the earth, which by their scheme they thought to have prevented: this may be applied to wicked crafty men in common, who devise schemes to commit sin, and gratify their lusts, to get for themselves riches and honour, and to do mischief to others, which God in his providence breaks, frustrates, and makes of none effect; and to false teachers, that walk in craftiness, lie in wait to deceive, and make use of cunningly devised fables, coin new doctrines, invent new forms of worship, and appoint new ordinances, and contrive different ways and methods of salvation; all which is foolishness with God, and to such persons Job 5:13 is applied by the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 3:19, and this may likewise respect wicked princes and potentates, with their counsellors and wise politicians, who in former, as well as in later times, have formed designs against their neighbours, and to the hurt of the interest of true religion particularly; but have been baffled and confounded by Divine Providence, of which, as there were many instances in Israel of old, so in our British Isles of late:

so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise; what their heads have contrived, what they have resolved and determined upon, and what they have began to effect, but could not go on with; or, "bring it soundly to pass", as Mr. Broughton renders it; that is, could not complete it, or bring it to perfection; and indeed not able to do "any thing" (n), as some translate the word, not anything of what they devised and contrived: it signifies "that which is", which has a being and substance, and solidity in it (o), but nothing of this kind could be done; it is sometimes rendered "wisdom", and "sound wisdom", Proverbs 2:7; and so it is here by some (p), and may signify, that though their counsels were deeply laid, and wisely formed, according to the best rules of wisdom and prudence, they yet are not able to bring them to pass; which shows the infinitely superior wisdom of God, and his overruling providence, and which therefore must be a great encouragement to seek unto him, and leave every cause and case with him.

(m) Aben Ezra, Jarchi, & R. Simeon Bar Tzemach. (n) "quicquam", Pagninus, Vatablus, Drusius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "quicquam rei", Cocceius, Michaelis; so Kimchi in Sepher Shorash, rad. (o) "Consistentiam", Montanus; "nihil solidi", Tigurine version. (p) "Sapientiam", Schmidt; so Aben Ezra & Syr. ver. "astu", Codurcus. 12. enterprise—literally, "realization." The Hebrew combines in the one word the two ideas, wisdom and happiness, "enduring existence" being the etymological and philosophical root of the combined notion [Umbreit].5:6-16 Eliphaz reminds Job, that no affliction comes by chance, nor is to be placed to second causes. The difference between prosperity and adversity is not so exactly observed, as that between day and night, summer and winter; but it is according to the will and counsel of God. We must not attribute our afflictions to fortune, for they are from God; nor our sins to fate, for they are from ourselves. Man is born in sin, and therefore born to trouble. There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble. Actual transgressions are sparks that fly out of the furnace of original corruption. Such is the frailty of our bodies, and the vanity of all our enjoyments, that our troubles arise thence as the sparks fly upward; so many are they, and so fast does one follow another. Eliphaz reproves Job for not seeking God, instead of quarrelling with him. Is any afflicted? let him pray. It is heart's ease, a salve for every sore. Eliphaz speaks of rain, which we are apt to look upon as a little thing; but if we consider how it is produced, and what is produced by it, we shall see it to be a great work of power and goodness. Too often the great Author of all our comforts, and the manner in which they are conveyed to us, are not noticed, because they are received as things of course. In the ways of Providence, the experiences of some are encouragements to others, to hope the best in the worst of times; for it is the glory of God to send help to the helpless, and hope to the hopeless. And daring sinners are confounded, and forced to acknowledge the justice of God's proceedings.
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