Job 33:12
New International Version
"But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.

New Living Translation
"But you are wrong, and I will show you why. For God is greater than any human being.

English Standard Version
“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

Berean Study Bible
Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

King James Bible
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.

Contemporary English Version
But, Job, you're wrong--God is greater than any human.

Good News Translation
But I tell you, Job, you are wrong. God is greater than any human being.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.

International Standard Version
"You aren't right about this; My response is that God is greater than human beings.

NET Bible
Now in this, you are not right--I answer you, for God is greater than a human being.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You aren't right about this! I've got an answer for you: God is greater than any mortal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I answer thee: In this thou art not right, That God is too great for man;

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, in this thou art not just; I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

American King James Version
Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

American Standard Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For how sayest thou, I am righteous, yet he has not hearkened to me? for he that is above mortals is eternal.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified : I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I will answer thee in this, thou art not right; for +God is greater than man.

English Revised Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; for God is greater than man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

World English Bible
"Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in this thou hast not been righteous, I answer thee, that greater is God than man.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
11He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches over all my paths.’ 12Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. 13Why do you contend with Him that He answers nothing a man asks?…
Cross References
Job 11:7
Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

thou

Job 1:22
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 34:10-12,17-19,23
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity…

Job 35:2
Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?

I will

Job 32:17
I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.

Job 35:4
I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.

God

Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 26:14
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 36:5
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.







Lexicon
Behold,
הֶן־ (hen-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

you are not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

right
צָדַ֣קְתָּ (ṣā·ḏaq·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

in this matter.
זֹ֣את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

I will answer you,
אֶעֱנֶ֑ךָּ (’e·‘ĕ·ne·kā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

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

is greater
יִרְבֶּ֥ה (yir·beh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

than man.
מֵאֱנֽוֹשׁ׃ (mê·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind
(12) Behold, in this thou art not just.--But had not Job said the same thing? (Job 9:2, &c., Job 9:14, &c.); and is it possible to conceive that any one could think otherwise, more especially as Elihu used the word which specially means man in his frailty?

Verse 12. - Behold, in this thou art not just. It would certainly not have been a just charge to make against God, that he counted Job as an enemy; and, so far as Job's statements go, it must be admitted that he had laid himself open to Elihu's rebuke. But it is no logical "answer" to Job's charge to say, in reply to it, I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Might does not constitute right, and it is a poor way of justifying God to urge that he is all-powerful, and may do what he likes. So Cambyses was justified in his worst acts by the royal judges (Herod., 3:31); and so in an absolute monarchy it is always possible to justify the extremest acts of tyranny. Certainly God cannot act unjustly; but this is not because his doing a thing makes it right, but because his justice, is a law to his will, and he never wills to do anything that he has not previously seen to be just (see Cudworth's 'Immutable Morality,' which deserves the careful study, not alone of moralists, but also of theologians). 33:8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice and goodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour, we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable to us. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strive with a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts with perfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceive it.
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