Job 9:4
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New International Version
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

New Living Translation
For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully?

English Standard Version
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength—who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—

New American Standard Bible
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

King James Bible
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?

International Standard Version
He is wise in heart and strong in will— who can be stubborn against him and succeed?

NET Bible
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength--who has resisted him and remained safe?

New Heart English Bible
For he is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God is wise in heart and mighty in power. Who could oppose him and win?

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength; Who hath hardened himself against Him, and prospered?

New American Standard 1977
“Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
            Who has defied Him without harm?

Jubilee Bible 2000
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has hardened himself against him and remained in peace?

King James 2000 Bible
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?

American King James Version
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?

American Standard Version
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?-

Douay-Rheims Bible
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath resisted him, and hath had peace ?

Darby Bible Translation
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and had peace?

English Revised Version
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and prospered?

Webster's Bible Translation
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

World English Bible
God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?

Young's Literal Translation
Wise in heart and strong in power -- Who hath hardened toward Him and is at peace?
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
3"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times. 4"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm? 5"It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 13:12
"Now behold, God is with us at our head and His priests with the signal trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for you will not succeed."

Job 9:19
"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

Job 11:6
And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity.

Job 12:13
"With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.

Job 23:6
"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

Job 24:22
"But He drags off the valiant by His power; He rises, but no one has assurance of life.

Job 25:2
"Dominion and awe belong to Him Who establishes peace in His heights.

Job 28:23
"God understands its way, And He knows its place.

Job 37:23
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

Job 38:36
"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?
Treasury of Scripture

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?

wise in heart

Job 9:19 If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who …

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength …

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them …

Psalm 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever.

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and …

Daniel 4:34-37 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

Ephesians 1:8,19 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence…

Ephesians 3:10,20 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly …

Jude 1:24,25 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

who hath hardened

Job 6:10 Then should I yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in sorrow: …

Job 15:23-27 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knows that the …

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Exodus 9:14-17 For I will at this time send all my plagues on your heart, and on …

Exodus 14:17,18 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they …

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Daniel 5:20-30 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, …

1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

Verse 4. - He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength. The sense is strengthened if we omit "he is," and render, Wise in heart, and mighty in strength, who hath hardened etc.? God's combination of perfect wisdom with infinite strength renders it hopeless for any man to contend with him. Who hath hardened himself against him; and hath prospered? Job fully admits the wisdom of all that Eliphaz (Job 4:17) and Bildad (Job 8:3-6) have said, or hinted, with respect to his inability wholly to justify himself. No one has ever taken this line of absolute self-justification, and prospered. He is wise in heart,.... Originally, essentially, truly, really, and perfectly so; he is the only, and the all wise God; his understanding is infinite; he is able to traverse all the schemes of men, in things civil or religious, and disappoint all their devices; for though there be ever so many of them, or be ever so deeply laid, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand; for there is no wisdom, understanding, or counsel against him; and therefore it is in vain to contend with him: he is so wise and knowing, that he sees and knows all that is in man, or is done by him, whether in public or in private; there is not a thought in his heart, nor a word on his tongue, nor an action in his life and conversation, but what he is thoroughly acquainted with; and everyone of these he will bring into judgment: how therefore is it possible that sinful men should be just in the sight of such a wise and holy Being, upon the score of his own righteousness?

and mighty in strength; he is the most mighty; he is the Almighty; he has a mighty arm and strong hand; and unless a man had a strong arm like him, his own right hand can never save him, or his own righteousness justify him; wherefore, to what purpose is it for a feeble man to contend and strive with him? and since he is not a man, as he is, how should they come together in judgment? and what a vain thing must it he to set a time for it, since, if we speak of strength, lo, he is strong? see Job 9:19,

who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? either by behaving proudly and insolently to him, as Pharaoh, Sennacherib, and others, by speaking hard words against him, as the Jews in the times of Malachi; and such hard speeches ungodly sinners utter against God, Christ, his Gospel, ordinances, people, ways, and worship, of which they will be convinced, and for which they will be condemned at the last judgment; and by bold and daring acts of sin, running upon the thick bosses of his buckler, giving themselves up to commit all uncleanness with greediness, and making a covenant with hell and an agreement with death, and so think themselves safe and secure at all events; but such never prospered and succeeded as they promised themselves, but came to ruin and destruction: or "had peace" (x), or "found quietness", as Mr. Broughton: there is no peace to wicked men, true, solid peace, either here or hereafter; when they cry "Peace", or promise themselves much of it, destruction comes; and if God sets home the guilt of sin upon their consciences, the lead of it is intolerable; it sinks them into despair, and what then will be the worm that dieth not?

(x) "et pacem habuit", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius; "et pace frueretur", Cocceius. 4. wise in heart—in understanding!—and mighty in power! God confounds the ablest arguer by His wisdom, and the mightiest by His power.

hardened himself—or his neck (Pr 29:1); that is, defied God. To prosper, one must fall in with God's arrangements of providence and grace.9:1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt the justice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; for how should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty of sins more than could be counted; and if God should contend with him in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, of all the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore he deserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Job mentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints. We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know not what he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which no creature can resist. Those who think they have strength enough to help others, will not be able to help themselves against it.
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