Job 9:11
New International Version
When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.

New Living Translation
“Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see him go.

English Standard Version
Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.

Berean Study Bible
Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; were He to move, I would not recognize Him.

New American Standard Bible
"Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

New King James Version
If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;

King James Bible
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Christian Standard Bible
If he passed by me, I wouldn't see him; if he went by, I wouldn't recognize him.

Contemporary English Version
God walks right past me, without making a sound.

Good News Translation
God passes by, but I cannot see him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If He passes by me, I wouldn't see Him; if He goes right by, I wouldn't recognize Him.

International Standard Version
"If he were to pass near me, I wouldn't notice; if he moves by, I wouldn't perceive him.

NET Bible
If he passes by me, I cannot see him, if he goes by, I cannot perceive him.

New Heart English Bible
Look, he goes by me, and I do not see him. He passes on also, but I do not perceive him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He passes alongside of me, and I don't even see him. He goes past me, and I don't even notice him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not. He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.

New American Standard 1977
“Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall pass before me, and I shall not see him; and he shall pass on, and I shall not understand him.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.

American King James Version
See, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.

American Standard Version
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: He passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If ever he should go beyond me, I shall not see him: if he should pass by me, neither thus have I known it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he come to me, I shall not see him: if he depart I shall not understand.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see [him] not; and he passeth along, and I perceive him not.

English Revised Version
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

World English Bible
Behold, he goes by me, and I don't see him. He passes on also, but I don't perceive him.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He goeth over by me, and I see not, And He passeth on, and I attend not to it.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
10He does great things beyond searching out, and wonders without number. 11Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; were He to move, I would not recognize Him. 12If He takes away, who can stop Him? Who dares to ask Him, ‘What are You doing?’…
Cross References
Job 23:8
If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot find Him.

Job 23:9
When He is at work in the north, I cannot behold Him; when He turns to the south, I cannot see Him.

Job 35:14
How much less, then, when you say that you do not see Him, that your case is before Him and you must wait for Him,

Treasury of Scripture

See, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not.

he goeth

Job 23:8,9
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: …

Job 35:14
Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.

Psalm 77:19
Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.







Lexicon
Were He
הֵ֤ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

to pass
יַעֲבֹ֣ר (ya·‘ă·ḇōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

by me,
עָ֭לַי (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

I would not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

see Him;
אֶרְאֶ֑ה (’er·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

were He to move,
וְ֝יַחֲלֹ֗ף (wə·ya·ḥă·lōp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2498: To slide by, to hasten away, pass on, spring up, pierce, change

I would not
וְֽלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

recognize Him.
אָבִ֥ין (’ā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand
(11) He passeth on also.--This, again, is an expression Eliphaz had used in Job 4:15. Here in words of great sublimity Job depicts the unapproachable majesty of God omnipotent, but invisible, and shows the utter hopelessness of entering into judgment with Him. Unfortunately, though this is a proposition to which all must assent, yet none is virtually so much repudiated or practically so often contravened. Men still cast about to justify themselves before God, and will do so till the end of time; but it is in teaching such as this that the Book of Job has laid the foundation of the Gospel by preparing for its acceptance by overthrowing man's natural and habitual standing-ground in himself.

Verse 11. - Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not. Near as God is to us, close as he comes to us, we cannot directly see him, or feel him, or perceive his presence. We know it by faith, we may feel it in our inmost spirits; but there is no manifestation of it to our senses. A sharp line divides the visible and invisible worlds; and this line, if it is ever crossed, is very rarely crossed. Job possibly reflects upon the pretension of Eliphaz to have had a physical consciousness of the visitation of a spirit (Job 4:15, 16), and asserts, with a tinge of sarcasm, that it is otherwise with him - the spirit-worm passes him by, and he receives no light, no illumination, no miraculous direction from it. He passeth on also. The same verb is used by Eliphaz (Job 4:15) in speaking of his spiritual visitation. But I perceive him not. Eliphaz perceived the presence of the spirit (Job 4:15, 16) and heard its voice (Job 4:16-21). Job seems to mean that he is not so favoured. 9:1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt the justice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; for how should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty of sins more than could be counted; and if God should contend with him in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, of all the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore he deserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Job mentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints. We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know not what he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which no creature can resist. Those who think they have strength enough to help others, will not be able to help themselves against it.
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