Job 4:12
New International Version
"A word was secretly brought to me, my ears caught a whisper of it.

New Living Translation
"This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.

English Standard Version
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it.

Berean Study Bible
Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it.

New American Standard Bible
"Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.

King James Bible
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

Christian Standard Bible
A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.

Contemporary English Version
A secret was told to me in a faint whisper--

Good News Translation
Once a message came quietly, so quietly I could hardly hear it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A word was brought to me in secret; my ears caught a whisper of it.

International Standard Version
"A message was confided to me; my ear caught a whisper of it.

NET Bible
"Now a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear caught a whisper of it.

New Heart English Bible
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me. My ear received a whisper of it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I was told something secretly and heard something whispered in my ear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now a word was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

New American Standard 1977
“Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the matter was also hidden from me, but my ear has perceived a little of it.

King James 2000 Bible
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a whisper of it.

American King James Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.

American Standard Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, And mine ear received a whisper thereof.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But if there had been any truth in thy words, none of these evils would have befallen thee. Shall not mine ear receive excellent revelations from him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there was a word spoken to me in private, and my ears by stealth as it were received the veins of its whisper.

Darby Bible Translation
Now to me a word was secretly brought, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.

English Revised Version
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a whisper thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a small sound of it.

World English Bible
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me. My ear received a whisper of it.

Young's Literal Translation
And unto me a thing is secretly brought, And receive doth mine ear a little of it.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: The Innocent Prosper
11The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. 12Now a word came to me secretly; my ears caught a whisper of it. 13In disquieting visions in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,…
Cross References
Job 26:14
Indeed, these are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?"

Job 33:15
In a dream, in a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls upon men as they slumber on their beds,

Treasury of Scripture

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a little thereof.

a thing.

Psalm 62:11
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

secretly.

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.







Lexicon
Now a word
דָּבָ֣ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

came to me
וְ֭אֵלַי (wə·’ê·lay)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

secretly;
יְגֻנָּ֑ב (yə·ḡun·nāḇ)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1589: To thieve, to deceive

my ears
אָ֝זְנִ֗י (’ā·zə·nî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

caught
וַתִּקַּ֥ח (wat·tiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

a whisper
שֵׁ֣מֶץ (šê·meṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8102: An inkling

of it.
מֶֽנְהֽוּ׃ (men·hū)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of
(12) Now a thing.--He now proceeds to enforce and illustrate what he has said in highly poetical language, which has been versified in one of Byron's Hebrew Melodies.

Secretly brought to me.--Literally, was stolen for me. Joseph uses the same expression of himself in Genesis 40:15.

Mine ear received a little, compared with the inexhaustible resources remaining unrevealed. The word used for little is only found once again, and in the mouth of Job (Job 26:14).

Verses 12-21. - Eliphaz proceeds to narrate a spiritual experience of a very strange and striking character. It was night, and he had fallen asleep, when suddenly he was, or seemed to himself to be, awake. A horrible fear came over him, and all his limbs trembled and quaked. Then a spirit seemed to pass before his face, while every hair on his body rose up and stiffened with horror. It did not simply pass across him, but stood still, in a formless form, which he could see but not clearly distinguish. There was a deep hush. Then out of the silence there seemed to come a voice, a whisper, which articulated solemn words. "Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man," etc.? Supernatural visitations were vouchsafed by God to many besides the chosen people - to Laban, when he pursued Jacob (Genesis 31:24), to Abimelech (Genesis 20:6), to the Pharaoh of the time of Joseph (Genesis 41:1-7), to his chief butler (Genesis 40:9-11), and his chief baker (Genesis 40:16, 17), to Balaam the son of Beer (Numbers 22:12, 20; Numbers 23:5-10, 16-24; Numbers 24:3-9, 15-24), to Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:28-35; Daniel 4:1-32), and others. The method and manner of these visitations raise a multitude of questions which it is impossible to answer, but are convincing evidence to all who believe Scripture to be true, that communications can pass between the spiritual and material worlds of a strange and mysterious character. The communication to Eliphaz may have been a mere vision, impressed upon his mind in sleep, or it may have been actually brought to him by a spiritual messenger, whom he could dimly see, and whose voice he was privileged to hear. Modern pseudo-science pronounces such seeing and hearing to be impossible. But poets are often clearer-sighted than scientists, and Shakespeare utters a pregnant truth when he says -

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Verse 12. - Now a thing was secretly brought to me; rather, a word (or, a message) was brought to me stealthily. And mine ear received a little thereof; rather, a whisper thereof (see the Revised Version, and comp. Job 26:14, and the Vulgate, which gives susurrus). As the form of the vision was not distinct to Eliphaz's eyes (ver. 16), so neither were the words which were uttered distinct to his ears. He thinks himself able, however, to give the sense of them (see vers. 17-21). 4:12-21 Eliphaz relates a vision. When we are communing with our own hearts, and are still, Ps 4:4, then is a time for the Holy Spirit to commune with us. This vision put him into very great fear. Ever since man sinned, it has been terrible to him to receive communications from Heaven, conscious that he can expect no good tidings thence. Sinful man! shall he pretend to be more just, more pure, than God, who being his Maker, is his Lord and Owner? How dreadful, then, the pride and presumption of man! How great the patience of God! Look upon man in his life. The very foundation of that cottage of clay in which man dwells, is in the dust, and it will sink with its own weight. We stand but upon the dust. Some have a higher heap of dust to stand upon than others but still it is the earth that stays us up, and will shortly swallow us up. Man is soon crushed; or if some lingering distemper, which consumes like a moth, be sent to destroy him, he cannot resist it. Shall such a creature pretend to blame the appointments of God? Look upon man in his death. Life is short, and in a little time men are cut off. Beauty, strength, learning, not only cannot secure them from death, but these things die with them; nor shall their pomp, their wealth, or power, continue after them. Shall a weak, sinful, dying creature, pretend to be more just than God, and more pure than his Maker? No: instead of quarrelling with his afflictions, let him wonder that he is out of hell. Can a man be cleansed without his Maker? Will God justify sinful mortals, and clear them from guilt? or will he do so without their having an interest in the righteousness and gracious help of their promised Redeemer, when angels, once ministering spirits before his throne, receive the just recompence of their sins? Notwithstanding the seeming impunity of men for a short time, though living without God in the world, their doom is as certain as that of the fallen angels, and is continually overtaking them. Yet careless sinners note it so little, that they expect not the change, nor are wise to consider their latter end.
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