Job 37:23
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New International Version
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

King James Bible
Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

Darby Bible Translation
The Almighty, we cannot find him out: excellent in power, and in judgment, and in abundance of justice, he doth not afflict.

World English Bible
We can't reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.

Young's Literal Translation
The Mighty! we have not found Him out, High in power and judgment, He doth not answer! And abundant in righteousness,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out - This is a very abrupt exclamation, and highly descriptive of the state of mind in which Elihu was at this time; full of solemnity, wonder, and astonishment, at his own contemplation of this "great First Cause, least understood." The Almighty! we cannot find him out.

Excellent in power and in judgment - We must not pretend to comprehend his being, the mode of his existence, the wisdom of his counsels, nor the mysteries of his conduct.

He will not afflict - לא יענה la yeanneh, he will not Answer. He will give account of none of his matters to us. We cannot comprehend his motives, nor the ends he has in view.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 37:19 Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Job 11:7 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection?

Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Proverbs 30:3,4 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy...

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart...

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son...

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see...


Job 9:4,19 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered...

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 66:3 Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness of your power shall your enemies submit themselves to you.

Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, with which he has girded himself...

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, you execute judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Psalm 146:6,7 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keeps truth for ever...

Isaiah 45:21 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time?...

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

in judgment

Psalm 36:5-7 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds...

he will

Job 16:7-17 But now he has made me weary: you have made desolate all my company...

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Lamentations 3:32,33 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies...

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Whether the Heavens Should have Been Opened unto Christ at his Baptism?
Objection 1: It would seem that the heavens should not have been opened unto Christ at His baptism. For the heavens should be opened unto one who needs to enter heaven, by reason of his being out of heaven. But Christ was always in heaven, according to Jn. 3:13: "The Son of Man who is in heaven." Therefore it seems that the heavens should not have been opened unto Him. Objection 2: Further, the opening of the heavens is understood either in a corporal or in a spiritual sense. But it cannot be understood
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Justice of God
The next attribute is God's justice. All God's attributes are identical, and are the same with his essence. Though he has several attributes whereby he is made known to us, yet he has but one essence. A cedar tree may have several branches, yet it is but one cedar. So there are several attributes of God whereby we conceive of him, but only one entire essence. Well, then, concerning God's justice. Deut 32:4. Just and right is he.' Job 37:23. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

1 Timothy 6:16
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

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

Job 9:4
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

Job 25:2
"Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

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