Job 22:13
New International Version
Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?

New Living Translation
But you reply, ‘That’s why God can’t see what I am doing! How can he judge through the thick darkness?

English Standard Version
But you say, ‘What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness?

Berean Study Bible
Yet you say: ‘What does God know? Does He judge through thick darkness?

King James Bible
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

New King James Version
And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?

New American Standard Bible
“But you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

NASB 1995
“You say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

NASB 1977
“And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

Amplified Bible
“You say, ‘What does God know [about me]? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

Christian Standard Bible
Yet you say, “What does God know? Can he judge through total darkness?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet you say: “What does God know? Can He judge through thick darkness?

American Standard Version
And thou sayest, What doth God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you said: ‘What does God know? Will he judge within the thick darkness?’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou has said, What does the Mighty One know? does he judge in the dark?

Contemporary English Version
Do you think the deep darkness hides you from God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou sayst: What doth God know? and he judgeth as it were through a mist.

English Revised Version
And thou sayest, What doth God know? can he judge through the thick darkness?

Good News Translation
And yet you ask, "What does God know? He is hidden by clouds--how can he judge us?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You ask, 'What does God know? Can he judge [anything] from behind a dark cloud?

International Standard Version
You've asked, 'What does God know? Can he sort through pitch black darkness?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou sayest: 'What doth God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?

Literal Standard Version
And you have said, How has God known? Does He judge through thickness?

NET Bible
But you have said, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such deep darkness?

New Heart English Bible
You say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?

World English Bible
You say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?

Young's Literal Translation
And thou hast said, 'What -- hath God known? Through thickness doth He judge?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
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? 14Thick clouds veil Him so He does not see us as He traverses the vault of heaven.’…

Cross References
Psalm 10:11
He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He hides His face and never sees."

Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths--sharp words from their lips: "For who can hear us?"

Psalm 64:5
They hold fast to their evil purpose; they speak of hiding their snares. "Who will see them?" they say.

Psalm 73:11
The wicked say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"

Psalm 94:7
They say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed."

Psalm 139:11
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light become night around me"--

Isaiah 29:15
Woe to those who dig deep to hide their plans from the LORD. In darkness they do their works and say, "Who sees us, and who will know?"


Treasury of Scripture

And you say, How does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

How.

Psalm 10:11
He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

Psalm 73:11
And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?









Verse 13. - And thou sayest, How doth God know? Job had not said this in so many words, but, by equalizing the godly and the wicked (Job 9:22; Job 21:23-26), he might be supposed to mean that God took no note of men's conduct, and therefore had not a perfect knowledge of all things. The psalmist implies that many men so thought (Psalm 10:11; Psalm 73:11; Psalm 94:7). Can he judge through the dark cloud? rather, through the thick darkness. God was supposed to dwell remote from man, in the highest heaven, and, according to many, "clouds and darkness were round about him" (Psalm 97:2) - he "dwelt in the thick darkness" (1 Kings 8:12) - he "made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him was waters, and thick clouds of the skies" (Psalm 18:11). The imagery was, no doubt, at first used in reference to man's inability to see and know God; but when men became familiar with it, they turned the metaphor round, and questioned God's ability to see and know anything about man. Job had not really ever shared in these doubts; but it suits Eliphaz's purpose to malign and misrepresent him.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yet you say:
וְֽ֭אָמַרְתָּ (wə·’ā·mar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

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

does God
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

know?
יָּ֣דַֽע (yā·ḏa‘)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

Does He judge
יִשְׁפּֽוֹט׃ (yiš·pō·wṭ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

through
הַבְעַ֖ד (haḇ·‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's 1157: In up to, over against, at, beside, among, behind, for

thick darkness?
עֲרָפֶ֣ל (‘ă·rā·p̄el)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6205: Cloud, heavy cloud


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