New International Version
If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He taketh away - He never gives, but he is ever lending: and while the gift is useful or is improved, he permits it to remain; but when it becomes useless or is misused, he recalls it.
Who can hinder him? - Literally, Who can cause him to restore it?
What doest thou? - He is supreme, and will give account of none of his matters. He is infinitely wise, and cannot mistake. He is infinitely kind, and can do nothing cruel. He is infinitely good, and can do nothing wrong. No one, therefore, should question either his motives or his operations.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
hinder him. Heb. turn him away
LibraryMarch 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
A Blow at Self-Righteousness
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Later English Reformers
One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?"
though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
"If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?
Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
"Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'The potter has no hands'?
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"
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