Job 15:8
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English Standard Version
Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?

King James Bible
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

American Standard Version
Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou heard God's counsel, and shall his wisdom be inferior to thee?

English Revised Version
Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

Job 15:8 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then began Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:

2 Doth a wise man utter vain knowledge,

And fill his breast with the east wind?

3 Contending with words, that profit not,

And speeches, by which no good is done?

4 Moreover, thou makest void the fear of God,

And thou restrainest devotion before God;

5 For thy mouth exposeth thy misdeeds,

And thou choosest the language of the crafty.

6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee and not I,

And thine own lips testify against thee.

The second course of the controversy is again opened by Eliphaz, the most respectable, most influential, and perhaps oldest of the friends. Job's detailed and bitter answers seem to him as empty words and impassioned tirades, which ill become a wise man, such as he claims to be in assertions like Job 12:3; Job 13:2. החלם with He interr., like העלה, Job 13:25. רוּח, wind, is the opposite of what is solid and sure; and קדים in the parallel (like Hosea 12:2) signifies what is worthless, with the additional notion of vehement action. If we translate בּטן by "belly," the meaning is apt to be misunderstood; it is not intended as the opposite of לב fo et (Ewald), but it means, especially in the book of Job, not only that which feels, but also thinks and wills, the spiritually receptive and active inner nature of man (Psychol. S. 266); as also in Arabic, el-battin signifies that which is within, in the deepest mystical sense. Hirz. and Renan translate the inf. abs. הוכח, which follows in Job 15:3, as verb. fin.: se dfend-il par des vaines paroles; but though the inf. abs. is so used in an historical clause (Job 15:35), it is not an interrogative. Ewald takes it as the subject: "to reprove with words-avails not, and speeches - whereby one does no good;" but though דּבר and מלּים might be used without any further defining, as in λογομαχεῖν (2 Timothy 2:14) and λογομαχία (1 Timothy 6:4), the form of Job 15:3 is opposed to such an explanation. The inf. abs. is connected as a gerund (redarguendo s. disputando) with the verbs in the question, Job 15:2; and the elliptical relative clause יסכּן לא is best, as referring to things, according to Job 35:3 : sermone (דּבד from דּבר, as sermo from serere) qui non prodest; בּם יועיל לא, on the other hand, to persons, verbis quibus nil utilitatis affert. Eliphaz does not censure Job for arguing, but for defending himself by such useless and purposeless utterances of his feeling. But still more than that: his speeches are not only unsatisfactory and unbecoming, אף, accedit quod (cumulative like Job 14:3), they are moreover irreligious, since by doubting the justice of God they deprive religion of its fundamental assumption, and diminish the reverence due to God. יראה in such an objective sense as Psalm 19:10 almost corresponds to the idea of religion. שׂיחה לפני־אל is to be understood, according to Psalm 102:1; Psalm 142:3 (comp. Psalm 64:2; Psalm 104:34): before God, and consequently customary devotional meditation, here of the disposition of mind indispensable to prayer, viz., devotion, and especially reverential awe, which Job depreciates (גּרע, detrahere). His speeches are mostly directed towards God; but they are violent and reproachful, therefore irreverent in form and substance.

Job 15:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the secret

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom...

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever...

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

Proverbs 3:32 For the fraudulent is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

Jeremiah 23:18 For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard his word? who has marked his word, and heard it?

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth...

Matthew 13:11,35 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given...

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends...

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

Romans 16:25,26 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ...

1 Corinthians 2:9-11,16 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man...

thou restrain

Job 12:2 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

Job 13:5,6 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom...

Cross References
Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 11:34
"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"

1 Corinthians 2:11
For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

Job 29:4
as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent,

Jeremiah 23:18
For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?

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