Job 32:13
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English Standard Version
Beware lest you say, ‘We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not a man.’

King James Bible
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

American Standard Version
Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest you should say : We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.

English Revised Version
Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man:

Webster's Bible Translation
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6b I am young in days, and ye are hoary,

Therefore I stood back and was afraid

To show you my knowledge.

7 I:thought: Let age speak,

And the multitude of years teach wisdom.

It becomes manifest even here that the Elihu section has in part a peculiar usage of the language. זחל in the signification of Arab. zḥl, cogn. with Arab. dḥl, דּחל, to frighten back;

(Note: The lexicographers explain the Arab. zḥl by zâla (זול), to stand away from, back, to retreat, or tanahha, to step aside; Piel, Hiph., to push any one aside, place anything back; Hithpa., to keep one's self on one side; adj. זחל, זחיל, זחוּל, etc., standing back. Thus the town of Zahla in the plain of the Lebanon takes its name from the fact that it does not stand out in the plain, but is built close at the foot of the mountain in a corner, and consequently retreats. And zuhale (according to the Kamus) is an animal that creeps backwards into its hole, e.g., the scorpion; and hence, improperly, a man who, as we say with a similar figure, never comes out of his hole, always keeps in his hole, i.e., never leaves his dwelling, as zuhal in general signifies a man who retires or keeps far from active life; in connection with which also the planet Saturn is called Zuhal, the retreating one, on account of its great distance from the rest. Slippery (of ground) is זחלוּל, because it draws the foot backwards (muzhil) by its smoothness, and thus causes the walker to fall. A further formation is זחלק, to be slippery, and to slip in a slippery place; beside which, זלק, a word of similar meaning, is no longer used in Syria. According to this Arabic primary notion of zḥl, it appears זחלי ארץ, Micah 7:17, is intended to describe the serpents not as creeping upon the earth, but as creeping into the earth (comp. the name of the serpent, achbi' at el-ard, those that hide themselves in the earth); but in Talmud. and Aram. זחל used of animals has the general signification to creep, and of water, to glide (flow gently down). The primary notion, to glide (to slip, creep, flow gently, labi), is combined both in the derivatives of the root זח and in those of the root זל with the notion of a departing and retreating motion. - Wetzst. and Fl.)

and דּע for דּעת (here and Job 32:10, Job 32:17; Job 36:3; Job 37:16) occurs nowhere else in the Old Testament; על־כּן (comp. לכן, Job 42:3) is used only by Elihu within the book of Job. ימים, days equals fulness of days, is equivalent to advanced age, old age with its rich experience. רב with its plural genitive is followed (as כל sa( d usually is) by the predicate in the plur.; it is the attraction already described by מספר, Job 15:10; Job 21:21, Ges. 148, 1.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Genesis 14:23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say...

Judges 7:2 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands...

Isaiah 48:5,7 I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it you: lest you should say, My idol has done them...

Zechariah 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first...


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

Job 15:8-10 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself...

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might...

Ezekiel 28:3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from you:

1 Corinthians 1:19-21,27-29 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent...

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.


Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away...

Job 2:10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God...

Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

Job 19:6,21 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net...

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except it were given you from above...

Cross References
Job 31:40
let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

Job 32:12
I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none among you who refuted Job or who answered his words.

Job 32:14
He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches.

Jeremiah 9:23
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

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