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Job 11:7

    Job 11:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Are you able to take God's measure, to make discovery of the limits of the Ruler of all?

    Webster's Revision

    Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

    World English Bible

    "Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 11:7

    Canst thou by searching find out God? - What is God? A Being self-existent, eternal, infinite, immense, without bounds, incomprehensible either by mind, or time, or space. Who then can find this Being out? Who can fathom his depths, ascend to his heights, extend to his breadths, and comprehend the infinitude of his perfections?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 11:7

    Canst then, by searching, find out God? - In order to illustrate the sentiment which he had just expressed, that the secrets of divine wisdom must be far above our comprehension, Zophar introduces here this sublime description of God - a description which seems to have the form and force of a proverb. It seems to have been a settled opinion that man could not find out the Almighty to perfection by his own powers - a sentiment, which is as true now, as it was then, and which is of the utmost importance in all our inquiries about the Creator. The sentiment is expressed in a most beautiful manner; and the language itself is not unworthy of the theme. The word "searching," חקר chêqer, is from חקר châqar to search, to search out, to examine; and the primary sense, according to Gesenius, lies in searching in the earth by boring or digging - as for metals. Then it means to search with diligence and care. Here it means that by the utmost attention in examining the works of God, it would be impossible for man to find out the Almighty to perfection. All the investigations which have been made of God, have fallen short of the object; and at the present time it is as true as it was in the days of Job, that we cannot, by searching, find him out. Of much that pertains to him and his plans we must be content to remain in ignorance, until we are admitted to the revelations of a higher world - happy and thankful now that we are permitted to know so much of him as we do, and that we are apprized of the existence of one infinite and perfect mind. It is an inexpressible privilege to know "anything" of God; and it is proof of the exalted nature of man, that he is now capable of becoming in any degree acquainted with the divine nature.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 11:7

    11:7 Find out - Discover all the depths of his wisdom, and the reasons of his actions?
    Book: Job