Job 11:8
New International Version
They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?

New Living Translation
Such knowledge is higher than the heavens— and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld— what do you know?

English Standard Version
It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

Berean Study Bible
They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

King James Bible
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

New King James Version
They are higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

New American Standard Bible
They are as high as the heavens; what can you do? Deeper than Sheol; what can you know?

NASB 1995
“They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

NASB 1977
They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

Amplified Bible
His wisdom is as high as the heights of heaven. What can you do? It is deeper than Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead). What can you know?

Christian Standard Bible
They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

American Standard Version
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you know the high place of Heaven or the depth of Sheol? From where do you know?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Heaven is high; and what wilt thou do? and there are deeper things than those in hell; what dost thou know?

Contemporary English Version
They are higher than the heavens and deeper than the grave. So what can you do when you know so little,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do ? he is deeper than hell, and how wilt thou know?

English Revised Version
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

Good News Translation
The sky is no limit for God, but it lies beyond your reach. God knows the world of the dead, but you do not know it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[God's wisdom is] higher than heaven. What can you do? It is deeper than [the depths] of hell. What can you know?

International Standard Version
These things are higher than the heavens, so what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol, so what can you know?

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than the nether-world; what canst thou know?

Literal Standard Version
Heights of the heavens—what [can] you do? Deeper than Sheol—what [can] you know?

NET Bible
It is higher than the heavens--what can you do? It is deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

New Heart English Bible
They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

World English Bible
They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

Young's Literal Translation
Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
7Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty? 8They are higher than the heavens— what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol— what can you know? 9Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.…

Cross References
Ephesians 3:18
will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth

Job 7:9
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come back up.

Job 11:9
Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

Job 22:12
Is not God as high as the heavens? Look at the highest stars, how lofty they are!

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.

Job 35:5
Look to the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds high above you.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach; He is exalted in power! In His justice and great righteousness He does not oppress.


Treasury of Scripture

It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?

It is as high as heaven.

Job 22:12
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

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

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

deeper

Job 26:6
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Psalm 139:6-8
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it…

Amos 9:2
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:









(8) It is as high as heaven.--Literally, The heights of heaven; what canst thou do? it is deeper than the grave; what canst thou know?

Verse 8. - It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? literally, heights of the heavens; what canst thou do? But the meaning is probably that expressed in the Authorized Version. God's perfectness is unattainable by man's thought, as the heights of the heavens are by his feet. Deeper than hell; literally, than Sheol, or the receptacle of the dead (see the comment on Job 10:21). St. Paul speaks of the "deep things," or rather, "the depths" (τὰ βάθη) of God (see 1 Corinthians 2:10). What canst thou know? How small a part of the Divine nature can any man thoroughly comprehend and know!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They are higher
גָּבְהֵ֣י (gā·ḇə·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1363: Elation, grandeur, arrogance

than the heavens—
שָׁ֭מַיִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

what
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can you do?
תִּפְעָ֑ל (tip̄·‘āl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6466: To do, make, to practise

They are deeper
עֲמֻקָּ֥ה (‘ă·muq·qāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 6013: Deep

than Sheol—
מִ֝שְּׁא֗וֹל (miš·šə·’ō·wl)
Preposition-m | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

what
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can you know?
תֵּדָֽע׃ (tê·ḏā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know


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