Job 22:12
New International Version
“Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars!

New Living Translation
“God is so great—higher than the heavens, higher than the farthest stars.

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

Berean Study Bible
Is not God as high as the heavens? Look at 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!

New King James Version
“Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!

New American Standard Bible
“Is God not in the height of heaven? Look also at the highest stars, how high they are!

NASB 1995
“Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!

NASB 1977
“Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!

Amplified Bible
“Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the distant stars, how high they are!

Christian Standard Bible
Isn’t God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars—how lofty they are!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isn’t God as high as the heavens? And look at the highest stars—how lofty they are!

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, God lifts up Heaven and he sees the top stars that are exalted

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Does not he that dwells in the high places observe? and has he not brought down the proud?

Contemporary English Version
God lives in the heavens above the highest stars, where he sees everything.

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!

Good News Translation
Doesn't God live in the highest heavens and look down on the stars, even though they are high?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Isn't God high above in the heavens? Look how high the highest stars are!

International Standard Version
"Isn't God in heaven above? Consider how far away the stars are, and how lofty they are!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!

Literal Standard Version
Is God not high [in] the heavens? And see the summit of the stars, That they are high.

NET Bible
"Is not God on high in heaven? And see the lofty stars, how high they are!

New Heart English Bible
"Isn't God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are.

World English Bible
"Isn't God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!

Young's Literal Translation
Is not God high in heaven? And see the summit of the stars, That they are high.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
11it is so dark you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you. 12Is not God as high as the heavens? Look at the highest stars, how lofty they are! 13Yet you say: ‘What does God know? Does He judge through thick darkness?…

Cross References
Job 11:7
Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?

Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

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


Treasury of Scripture

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

not God

Psalm 115:3,16
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased…

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

height.

Psalm 8:3,4
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; …









Verse 12. - Is not God in the height of heaven? From taxing Job with definite open sins, Eliphaz proceeds to accuse him of impious thoughts and principles. He does not acknowledge, Eliphaz says, either the majesty or the omniscience of God. Here he has, at any rate, some tangible ground for his reproaches. Job's words have been over-bold, over-venturesome. He has seemed to forget the distance between God and man (Job 9:30-33; Job 10:2, 3; Job 13:3, etc.), and to call in question either God's omniscience or his regard for moral distinctions (Job 9:22, 23; Job 21:7-13, 23-26). Hence Eliphaz is enabled to take a high tone and ask, "Hast thou forgotten that God is in the height of heaven, far up above all us poor wretched mortals? Dost thou need to be reminded of this? He is above the stars, and yet behold the height of the stars, how high they are! Even they are infinitely above men, yet how far below him!" (comp. Job 35:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Is not
הֲ‍ֽלֹא־ (hălō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

God
אֱ֭לוֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

as high
גֹּ֣בַהּ (gō·ḇah)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1363: Elation, grandeur, arrogance

as the heavens?
שָׁמָ֑יִם (šā·mā·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

Look at
וּרְאֵ֤ה (ū·rə·’êh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

the highest
רֹ֖אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7218: The head

stars,
כּוֹכָבִ֣ים (kō·w·ḵā·ḇîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3556: A star, a prince

how
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

lofty they are!
רָֽמּוּ׃ (rām·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise


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