Job 22:12
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English Standard Version
“Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!

King James Bible
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

American Standard Version
Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost not thou think that God is higher than heaven, and is elevated above the height of the stars?

English Revised Version
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not God in the hight of heaven? and behold the hight of the stars, how high they are!

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 For thou distrainedst thy brother without cause,

And the clothes of the naked thou strippedst off.

7 Thou gavest no water to the languishing,

And thou refusedst bread to the hungry.

8 And the man of the arm-the land was his,

And the honourable man dwelt therein.

9 Thou sentest widows away empty,

And the arms of the orphan are broken.

The reason of exceeding great suffering most be exceeding great sins. Job must have committed such sins as are here cited; therefore Eliphaz directly attributes guilt to him, since he thinks thus to tear down the disguise of the hypocrite. The strophe contains no reference to the Mosaic law: the compassionate Mosaic laws respecting duties towards widows and orphans, and the poor who pledge their few and indispensable goods, may have passed before the poet's mind; but it is not safe to infer it from the expression. As specific Mohammedan commandments among the wandering tribes even in the present day have no sound, so the poet dare not assume, in connection with the characters of his drama, any knowledge, of the Sinaitic law; and of this he remains conscious throughout: their standpoint is and remains that of the Abrahamic faith, the primary commands (later called the ten commands of piety, el-felâhh) of which were amply sufficient for stigmatizing that to which this strophe gives prominence as sin. It is only the force of the connection of the matter here which gives the futt. which follow כי a retrospective meaning. חבל is connected either with the accusative of the thing for which the pledge is taken, as in the law, which meets a response in the heart, Exodus 22:25.; or with the accus. of the person who is seized, as here אחיך; or, if this is really (as Br asserts) a mistake that has gained a footing, which has Codd. and old printed editions against it, rather אחיך. lxx, Targ., Syr., and Jer. read the word as plural. ערוּמים (from ערום), like γυμνοί, James 2:15, nudi (comp. Seneca, de beneficiis, v. 13: si quis male vestitum et pannosum videt, nudum se vidisse dicit), are, according to our mode of expression, the half-naked, only scantily (vid., Isaiah 20:2) clothed.

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not God

Psalm 115:3,16 But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatever he has pleased...

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth...

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me?...

height. Heb. head. the stars

Psalm 8:3,4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained...

Cross References
Job 11:7
"Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?

Job 11:8
It is higher than heaven--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

Job 35:5
Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.

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