New American Standard Bible
"For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.
King James Bible
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
Darby Bible Translation
For he knoweth vain men, and seeth wickedness when man doth not consider it;
World English Bible
For he knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn't consider it.
Young's Literal Translation
For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider it!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he knoweth vain men - He is intimately acquainted with the heart; he knows human beings altogether. The word "vain" here (שׁוא shâv'), means properly vanity, emptiness, falsehood, a lie, iniquity. "Men of vanity," here may mean people whose opinions are valueless, or it may mean people of deceit, falsehood, hypocrisy. Most probably it means the latter, and the indirect reference may be to such men as Job. The sense is, that God is intimately acquainted with such men. They cannot deceive him, and their wickedness will be found out.
Will he not then consider it? - Various ways have been proposed of explaining this. By some it is supposed to mean, "He seeth iniquity, where they do not observe it;" that is, he perceives it, where people do not themselves. This would express a thought which would accord well with the connection, but it is doubtful whether the Hebrew will bear this construction. By another explanation it is supposed to mean, as in our common version, "Will not God observe it, and bring it to trial? Will he suffer it to pass unnoticed?" This makes good sense, and the Hebrew will admit of this interpretation. But there is another view still, which is preferable to either. According to this it means, that God perceives the iniquity in man, though he does not seem to notice it; see the notes at Job 11:6. He appears to pass over a part of it, but he sees it notwithstanding, and is intimately acquainted with all the depravity of the heart. The main reference here is to Job, and the object is to show him that he was guilty, though he had asserted his innocence in so decided a manner. Though he seemed to himself to be innocent, yet Zophar labors to show him that he must be guilty, and that he had seen but a small part of his sins.
LibraryGod Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 Can creatures to perfection find  Th' eternal uncreated mind? Or can the largest stretch of thought Measure and search his nature out? 2 'Tis high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell, And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high. 3 But man, vain man, would fain be wise, Born like a wild young colt he flies Thro' all the follies of his mind, And swells and snuffs the empty wind. 4 God is a King of power unknown, Firm are the orders of his throne; …
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Whether Confidence Belongs to Magnanimity?
Divine Impartiality Considered.
Letter ix. Meditation.
"He provides them with security, and they are supported; And His eyes are on their ways.
"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.
"For He does not need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.
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