Job 36:3
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New International Version
I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

New Living Translation
I will present profound arguments for the righteousness of my Creator.

English Standard Version
I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Berean Study Bible
I get my knowledge from afar, and I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

New American Standard Bible
"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

King James Bible
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Christian Standard Bible
I will get my knowledge from a distant place and ascribe justice to my Maker.

Contemporary English Version
God always does right--and this knowledge comes straight from God.

Good News Translation
My knowledge is wide; I will use what I know to show that God, my Creator, is just.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will get my knowledge from a distant place and ascribe justice to my Maker.

International Standard Version
I'll take what I know to its logical conclusion and ascribe righteousness to my Creator,

NET Bible
With my knowledge I will speak comprehensively, and to my Creator I will ascribe righteousness.

New Heart English Bible
I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will get my knowledge from far away and prove that my Creator is fair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

New American Standard 1977
“I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will take my knowledge from afar and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

King James 2000 Bible
I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

American King James Version
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

American Standard Version
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will repeat my knowledge from the beginning, and I will prove my Maker just.

Darby Bible Translation
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator.

English Revised Version
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will bring my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

World English Bible
I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Young's Literal Translation
I lift up my knowledge from afar, And to my Maker I ascribe righteousness.
Study Bible
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
2“Bear with me a little longer, and I will show you that there is more to be said on God’s behalf. 3I get my knowledge from afar, and I will ascribe justice to my Maker. 4For truly my arguments are free of falsehood; one perfect in knowledge is with you.…
Cross References
Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?

Job 8:3
Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Job 36:2
"Bear with me a little longer, and I will show you that there is more to be said on God's behalf.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach; He is exalted in power! In His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress.

Treasury of Scripture

I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

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Job 28:12,13,20-24 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding…

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty …

Proverbs 2:4,5 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures…

Matthew 2:1,2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod …

Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, …

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch …

Romans 10:6-8 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say …

James 1:5,17 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, …

Job 34:5,10-12 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment…

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does …

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Daniel 9:7,14 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …







(3) I will fetch my knowledge from afar.--But is not this what Bildad had said before him? (Job 8:8, &c.); and yet the teaching of Job 36:6 is not very different from his.

Verse 3. - I will fetch my knowledge from afar (compare the declaration of Bildad, Job 8:8). In neither case does the performance justify the pretentious character of the preface. Elihu's arguments are, for the most part, trite and commonplace. And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. I will show, i.e., that God is righteous and just (comp. Job 34:10, 12). I will fetch my knowledge from afar,.... Not from himself; for it is but a small share of knowledge that a man gets of himself, or attains to by the light of nature, and especially concerning God and divine things; but from others, either from persons that lived in former ages, and in foreign countries; it being usual for men desirous of acquiring knowledge to travel into distant parts for it; and such were generally much esteemed of, and the knowledge they professed to have got and published; as the queen of Sheba came from the further parts of the earth to hear and learn the wisdom of Solomon, 1 Kings 10:1, or rather the sense is, he would fetch the knowledge he should now communicate concerning God from God himself, from the nature and perfections of God, who, and his knowledge, are high as heaven; and from the works of God, which are far above men; or should treat of things deep and sublime, and not common; though perhaps it is best of all to read the words, "I will bring forth knowledge concerning", or "with respect to him that is afar off" (i); that is, God, who is in the highest heavens, and inhabits the high and holy place; a God both at hand and afar off; with which agrees what follows; though some interpret it of lifting it up, and causing it to be heard afar off so some, as Aben Ezra;

and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker: God is the Maker of all men; Elihu considered him as his Maker with gratitude, while many have no regard of him, Job 35:10; and therefore thought himself obliged to speak for him, and on his behalf; and particularly in vindication of his righteousness; assert this to be an essential attribute and perfection of his nature; own, acknowledge, publish, and declare it; give him the glory of it, and demonstrate that he is righteous in all his ways and works; and clear him from all imputation of unrighteousness.

(i) "ei, vel de eo qui est longinquus"; so Aben Ezra, Bar Tzemach. 3. from afar—not trite commonplaces, but drawn from God's mighty works.

ascribe righteousness—whereas Job ascribed unrighteousness (Job 34:10, 12). A man, in enquiring into God's ways, should at the outset presume they are all just, be willing to find them so, and expect that the result of investigation will prove them to be so; such a one will never be disappointed [Barnes].36:1-4 Elihu only maintained that the affliction was sent for his trial; and lengthened because Job was not yet thoroughly humbled under it. He sought to ascribe righteousness to his Maker; to clear this truth, that God is righteous in all his ways. Such knowledge must be learned from the word and Spirit of God, for naturally we are estranged from it. The fitness of Elihu's discourse to the dispute between Job and his friends is plain. It pointed out to Job the true reason of those trials with which he had been pointed out to Job the true reason of those trials with which he had been visited. It taught that God had acted in mercy towards him, and the spiritual benefit he was to derive from them. It corrected the mistake of his friends, and showed that Job's calamities were for good.
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