New American Standard Bible
"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'
King James Bible
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he taketh away: who will hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
World English Bible
Behold, he snatches away. Who can hinder him? Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?'
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, 'What dost Thou?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Behold, he taketh away - Property, friends, or life.
Who can hinder him? - Margin, turn him away. Or, rather, "who shall cause him to restore?" that is, who can bring back what he takes away? He is so mighty, that what he removes, it is impossible for us to recover.
Who will say unto him, What doest thou? - A similar expression occurs in Daniel 4:35. The meaning is plain. God has a right to remove any thing which we possess. Our friends, property, health, and lives, are his gift, and he has a right to them all. When he takes them away, he is but taking that which is his own, and which has been lent to us for a little time, and which he has a right to remove when it seems good to him. This truth Job fully admits, and in the calm contemplation of all his losses and his sorrows, he acknowledges that God had a right to do as he had done; see note, Job 1:21.
LibraryWashed to Greater Foulness
Turning to my text, let me say, that as one is startled by a shriek, or saddened by a groan, so these sharp utterances of Job astonish us at first, and then awake our pity. How much are we troubled with brotherly compassion as we read the words,--"If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me!" The sense of misery couched in this passage baffles description. Yet this is but one of a series, in which sentence …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
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You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?"
'According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.
"If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him?
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"
"Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?"
"Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands '?
"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, 'What have You done?'
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