Job 22:13
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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?

New American Standard Bible
"You say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt say, What does God know? How can he judge through the darkness?

King James 2000 Bible
And you say, How does God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
And thou sayest, What doth God know? will he judge through the dark cloud?

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

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?
Study Bible
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? 14Clouds veil Him so that He cannot see, as He traverses heaven's horizon.’…
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?"

Jeremiah 23:24
"Can a man hide in secret places where I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and earth?" declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 8:12
"Son of man," He said to me, "do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? For they are saying, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'"

Ezekiel 9:9
And He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'

Treasury of Scripture

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

How. or, What. doth God know

Psalm 10:11 He has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hides his face; he …

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

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

Psalm 94:7-9 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob …

Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he to me, Son of man, have you seen what the ancients of …

Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah …

Zephaniah 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem …







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. And thou sayest, how doth God know?.... What is done on earth, the works of the children of men, their sinful actions, when he dwells at such a distance, and so remote from the earth, as the height of the stars, and highest heavens, be; not that Job said this expressly with his lips, but in his heart; Eliphaz imagined and supposed that such was the reasoning of his mind; it was an invidious consequence he had drawn from what Job had said concerning the afflictions of the godly, and the prosperity of the wicked; which he interpreted as a denial of the providence of God, as if he had no regard to human affairs, but things took place in a very disorderly and confused way, without any regard to right or wrong; and he concluded that Job was led into these sentiments by the consideration of the distance of God from the earth; that, dwelling in the highest heavens, he could not and did not see what was done here, and therefore men might commit all manner of sin with impunity; that their sins would never be taken notice of, or they be called to an account for them; which are the very language and sentiments of the most abandoned of men, see Psalm 10:11;

can he judge through the dark clouds? if he cannot see and know what is done, he cannot judge of it, whether it is good or bad, and so can neither justify nor condemn an action. By "the dark cloud" is not meant the matter, or corporeal mass, with which man is covered, as a Jewish commentator (x) interprets it; rather the cloudy air, or atmosphere around us; or that thick darkness in which Jehovah dwells, clouds and darkness being around him, Psalm 97:2; but all this hinders not his sight of things done here below; what is thick darkness to us is pure light to him, in which also he is said to dwell, and with which he covers himself as with a garment; and the darkness and the light are both alike to him, he can see and judge through the one as well as the other.

(x) Peritzol. 13. Rather, And yet thou sayest, God does not concern Himself with ("know") human affairs (Ps 73:11).22:5-14 Eliphaz brought heavy charges against Job, without reason for his accusations, except that Job was visited as he supposed God always visited every wicked man. He charges him with oppression, and that he did harm with his wealth and power in the time of his prosperity.
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