Job 13:4
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.

King James Bible
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

American Standard Version
But ye are forgers of lies; Ye are all physicians of no value.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having first shewn that you are forgers of lies, and maintainers of perverse opinions.

English Revised Version
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

Webster's Bible Translation
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

Job 13:4 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness,

And bringeth out to light the shadow of death;

23 He giveth prosperity to nations and then destroyeth them,

Increase of territory to nations and then carrieth them away;

24 He taketh away the understanding of the chief people of the land,

And maketh them to wander in a trackless wilderness;

25 They grope in darkness without light,

He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

The meaning of Job 12:22 in this connection can only be, that there is nothing so finely spun out that God cannot make it visible. All secret plans of the wicked, all secret sins, and the deeds of the evil-doer though veiled in deep darkness, He bringeth before the tribunal of the world. The form of writing given by the Masora is עמוּקות with koph raphatum, consequently plur. from עמוּק, like ערוּמים, עצוּמים from ערוּם, עצוּם, not from עמק.

(Note: Kimchi in his Wrterbuch adopts the form עמקּות, but gives Abulwalid as an authority for the lengthened form, which, according to the Masora on Leviticus 13:3, Leviticus 13:25, is the traditional. The two exceptions where the form occurs with a long vowel are Proverbs 23:27 and this passage.)

The lxx translates משגיא πλανῶν, as it is also explained in several Midrash-passages, but only by a few Jewish expositors (Jachja, Alschech) by מטעה. The word, however, is not משׁגּיא, but משׂגּיא with ש sinistrum, after which in Midrash Esther it is explained by מגדיל; and Hirzel correctly interprets it of upward growth (Jerome after the Targ. unsuitably, multiplicat), and שׁטח, on the other hand, of growth in extent. The latter word is falsely explained by the Targ. in the sense of expandere rete, and Abenezra also falsely explains: He scatters nations, and brings them to their original peace. The verb שׁטח is here connected with ל, as הפתּה (Genesis 9:27); both signify to make a wider and longer space for any one, used here of the ground where they dwell and rule. The opposite, in an unpropitious sense, is הנחה, which is used here, as 2 Kings 18:11, in a similar sense with הגלה (abducere, i.e., in servitutem). We have intentionally translated גוים nations, עם people; for גּוי, as we shall show elsewhere, is the mass held together by the ties of a common origin, language, and country; (עם) עם, the people bound together by unity of government, whose membra praecipua are consequently called העם ראשׁי. הארץ is, in this connection, the country, although elsewhere, as Isaiah 24:4, comp. Job 42:5, הארץ עם signifies also the people of the earth or mankind; for the Hebrew language expresses a country as a portion of the earth, and the earth as a whole, by the same name. Job dwells longer on this tragic picture, how God makes the star of the prosperity of these chiefs to set in mad and blind self-destruction, according to the proverb, quem Deus perdere vult prius dementat. This description seems to be echoed in many points in Isaiah, especially in the oracle on Egypt, Job 19 (e.g., כּשּׁכּור, Job 19:14). The connection ברך לא בתהו is not genitival; but דרך לא is either an adverbial clause appended to the verb, as חקר לא, Job 34:24, בנים לא, 1 Chronicles 2:30, 1 Chronicles 2:32, or, which we prefer as being more natural, and on account of the position of the words, a virtual adjective: in a trackless waste, as אישׁ לא, Job 38:26; עבות לא, 2 Samuel 23:4 (Olsh.).

Job here takes up the tone of Eliphaz (comp. Job 5:13.). Intentionally he is made to excel the friends in a recognition of the absolute majesty of God. He is not less cognizant of it than they.

Job 13:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye are forgers

Job 4:7-11 Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off...

Job 5:1-5 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn...

Job 8:3,4 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice...

Job 18:5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

*etc:

Job 21:27-34 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me...

Job 22:6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

*etc:

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Psalm 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart.

physicians

Job 6:21 For now you are nothing; you see my casting down, and are afraid.

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Jeremiah 30:13 There is none to plead your cause, that you may be bound up: you have no healing medicines.

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shall you use many medicines; for you shall not be cured.

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that which was sick, neither have you bound up that which was broken...

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb...

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick...

Mark 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

Cross References
Nehemiah 6:8
Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say have been done, for you are inventing them out of your own mind."

Job 16:2
"I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.

Psalm 119:69
The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;

Jeremiah 23:32
Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.

Jump to Previous
Attempts Face False. Falsehood However Indeed Lies Nought Physicians Plasterers Right Smear Value Whitewash Worthless
Jump to Next
Attempts Face False. Falsehood However Indeed Lies Nought Physicians Plasterers Right Smear Value Whitewash Worthless
Links
Job 13:4 NIV
Job 13:4 NLT
Job 13:4 ESV
Job 13:4 NASB
Job 13:4 KJV

Job 13:4 Bible Apps
Job 13:4 Biblia Paralela
Job 13:4 Chinese Bible
Job 13:4 French Bible
Job 13:4 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Job 13:3
Top of Page
Top of Page