Job 5:27
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New International Version
"We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself."

New Living Translation
"We have studied life and found all this to be true. Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself."

English Standard Version
Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear, and know it for your good.”

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, we have investigated, and it is true! So hear it and know for yourself.”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself."

King James Bible
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

Christian Standard Bible
We have investigated this, and it is true! Hear it and understand it for yourself.

Contemporary English Version
Our experience has proven these things to be true, so listen and learn.

Good News Translation
Job, we have learned this by long study. It is true, so now accept it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We have investigated this, and it is true! Hear it and understand it for yourself.

International Standard Version
"Look! We have thought all this through, and what we've said is true; So please listen and learn for your own good!"

NET Bible
Look, we have investigated this, so it is true. Hear it, and apply it for your own good."

New Heart English Bible
Look this, we have searched it, so it is. Hear it, and know it for your good."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"We have studied all of this thoroughly! This is the way it is. Listen to it, and learn it for yourself."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo this, we have searched it, So it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold this, we have investigated it, thus it is; Hear it, and know for yourself.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold that which we have searched out, so it is; hear it and judge it for thyself.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo this, we have searched it out, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.

American King James Version
See this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.

American Standard Version
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, this is even so, as we have searched oat: which thou having heard, consider it thoroughly in thy mind.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold this, we have searched it out, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thyself.

English Revised Version
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

World English Bible
Look this, we have searched it, so it is. Hear it, and know it for your good."

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, this -- we searched it out -- it is right, hearken; And thou, know for thyself!
(27) So it is.--It is the boastful confidence of Eliphaz which is so hard to bear. He speaks as though Job's experience were as nothing to his. "This is mine: take it to thyself, and make it thine."

Verse 27. - Lo this, we have searched it, so it is. Eliphaz does not claim to be delivering a Divine message, or in any way stating results which he has learnt from revelation. Rather is he declaring what he has "searched out;" i.e. gathered with much trouble from inquiry, observation, and experience. He is, however, quite confident that he has arrived at a true conclusion, and expects Job to accept it and act upon it. Hear it, and know thou it for thy good; literally, for thyself. Make the knowledge, i.e. which I have communicated to thee, thine own. Professor Lee observes, "Them is nothing in all this savouring of any asperity, as far as I can see, beyond the anxieties of true friendship. The sentiments delivered from ver. 17 to the end of the chapter are not only most excellent in themselves, but perfectly applicable to Job's case; and were, in the event, made good in every respect. It is true, we have not much sympathy expressed for Job's bereavements and afflictions. And, in this respect, Eliphaz was, no doubt, to blame" ('Book of the Patriarch Job' p. 216).



Lo this, we have searched it,.... This is the concluding part of Eliphaz's first oration or speech to Job; and in order to engage his attention to it, observes, that what he had said was not his own single opinion, but the sentiment of the rest of his friends; and that it was the result of laborious and diligent investigation; that they had searched the records of former times, and inquired of ancient people, as well as had made the strictest observations on things during their course of life;

so it is; and the sum and amount of all was what he had declared, and which they had found to be sure and certain, the truth of the matter; that it is an undoubted truth, which should not be disputed and called in question, but to be held as a first principle, which was this; that wicked men are punished for their sins, and that good men are never greatly afflicted, at least not to such a degree as to be stripped of all the necessaries of life, and to be in a most desolate and perishing condition; and since this had been so thoroughly investigated by them, and such "a probatum est" was written upon it, he exhorts Job to

hear it; agree to it, believe it, receive it, and make a proper use of it, as he hoped he would:

and know thou it for thy good; or "for thyself" (s); take it to thyself, as belonging to thee, as suitable to thy case; apply it to thyself, learn some lessons from it, and make good use of it; which is what is proposed by all that has been said.

(s) "scito tibi", Montanus, Mercerus, &c. 27. searched it … for thy good—literally, "for thyself" (Ps 111:2; Pr 2:4; 9:12). 5:17-27 Eliphaz gives to Job a word of caution and exhortation: Despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. Call it a chastening, which comes from the Father's love, and is for the child's good; and notice it as a messenger from Heaven. Eliphaz also encourages Job to submit to his condition. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for he has not lost his enjoyment of God, nor his title to heaven; nay, he is happy because he is afflicted. Correction mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees. Though God wounds, yet he supports his people under afflictions, and in due time delivers them. Making a wound is sometimes part of a cure. Eliphaz gives Job precious promises of what God would do for him, if he humbled himself. Whatever troubles good men may be in, they shall do them no real harm. Being kept from sin, they are kept from the evil of trouble. And if the servants of Christ are not delivered from outward troubles, they are delivered by them, and while overcome by one trouble, they conquer all. Whatever is maliciously said against them shall not hurt them. They shall have wisdom and grace to manage their concerns. The greatest blessing, both in our employments and in our enjoyments, is to be kept from sin. They shall finish their course with joy and honour. That man lives long enough who has done his work, and is fit for another world. It is a mercy to die seasonably, as the corn is cut and housed when fully ripe; not till then, but then not suffered to stand any longer. Our times are in God's hands; it is well they are so. Believers are not to expect great wealth, long life, or to be free from trials. But all will be ordered for the best. And remark from Job's history, that steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise for faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace him, this is the patience of the saints. Blessed Saviour! how sweet it is to look unto thee, the Author and Finisher of faith, in such moments!
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