Job 32:8
New International Version
But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

New Living Translation
But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

English Standard Version
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

Berean Study Bible
But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.

King James Bible
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

New King James Version
But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

New American Standard Bible
“But it is a spirit that is in mankind, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

NASB 1995
"But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

NASB 1977
“But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Amplified Bible
“But there is [a vital force and] a spirit [of intelligence] in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
But it is the spirit in a person— the breath from the Almighty— that gives anyone understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But it is a spirit in man and the breath of the Almighty that give him understanding.

American Standard Version
But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Truly a spirit is in a man and the breath of God is discernment to them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
but there is a spirit in mortals; and the inspiration of the Almighty is that which teaches.

Contemporary English Version
now I truly realize wisdom comes from God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But, as I see, there is a spirit in men, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth understanding.

English Revised Version
But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Good News Translation
But it is the spirit of Almighty God that comes to us and gives us wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, there is in humans a Spirit, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

International Standard Version
However, a spirit exists in mankind, and the Almighty's breath gives him insight.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty, that giveth them understanding.

Literal Standard Version
Surely a spirit is in man, "" And the breath of the Mighty One "" Causes them to understand.

NET Bible
But it is a spirit in people, the breath of the Almighty, that makes them understand.

New Heart English Bible
But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of Shaddai gives them understanding.

World English Bible
But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Surely a spirit is in man, And the breath of the Mighty One Doth cause them to understand.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
7I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom. 8But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. 9It is not only the old who are wise, or the elderly who understand justice.…

Cross References
Genesis 41:38
So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, in whom the Spirit of God abides?"

Job 12:13
Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His.

Job 27:3
as long as my breath is still within me and the breath of God remains in my nostrils,

Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 38:36
Who has put wisdom in the heart or given understanding to the mind?

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He assigns the task of gathering and accumulating that which he will hand over to one who pleases God. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Daniel 1:17
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. And Daniel had insight into all kinds of visions and dreams.


Treasury of Scripture

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

the inspiration

Job 4:12-21
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof…

Job 33:16
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

Job 35:11
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?









(8) But there is a spirit in man.--Rather, But it is the spirit in man.

And the inspiration of the Almighty.--Rather, And the breath of the Almighty that giveth them understanding. It is the expression used in the Mosaic narrative of the origin of man, and may perhaps show acquaintance on the part of the writer with that narrative (Genesis 2:7). Elihu means to say that it is not years so much as the spirit and illumination of the Almighty that maketh a man pre-eminent in wisdom.

Verse 8. - But there is a spirit in man. But, after all, it is not mere age and experience that make men wise and able to teach others. "There is a spirit in man" (see Genesis 2:7); and it is according as this spirit is or is not enlightened from on high that men speak words of wisdom or the contrary. The inspiration of the Almighty - this it is, which - giveth them understanding. And such inspiration it is in the power of God to bestow, as he pleases, on the old or on the young, on the great of the earth, or on those of small reputation. Hence Elihu's conclusion -

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But
אָ֭כֵן (’ā·ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 403: Firmly, surely, but

[there is]
הִ֣יא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

a spirit
רֽוּחַ־ (rū·aḥ-)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

in a man,
בֶאֱנ֑וֹשׁ (ḇe·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

the breath
וְנִשְׁמַ֖ת (wə·niš·maṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5397: A puff, wind, angry, vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect, an animal

of the Almighty,
שַׁדַּ֣י (šad·day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7706: The Almighty

that gives him understanding.
תְּבִינֵֽם׃ (tə·ḇî·nêm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand


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