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Job 15:7

    Job 15:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Are you the first man that was born? or were you made before the hills?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Were you the first man to come into the world? or did you come into being before the hills?

    Webster's Revision

    Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

    World English Bible

    "Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou brought forth before the hills?

    Definitions for Job 15:7

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 15:7

    Art thou the first man that was born? - Literally, "Wert thou born before Adam?" Art thou in the pristine state of purity and innocence? Or art thou like Adam in his first state? It does not become the fallen descendant of a fallen parent to talk as thou dost.

    Made before the hills? - Did God create thee the beginning of his ways? or wert thou the first intelligent creature which his hands have formed?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 15:7

    Art thou the first man that was born? - Hast thou lived ever since the creation, and treasured up all the wisdom of past times, that thou dost now speak so arrogantly and confidently? This question was asked, because, in the estimation of Eliphaz and his friends, wisdom was supposed to be connected with long life, and with an opportunity for extended and varied observation; see Job 15:10. Job they regarded as comparatively a young man.

    Wast thou made before the hills - The mountains and the hills are often represented as being the oldest of created objects, probably because they are the most ancient things that appear on earth. Springs dry up, and waters change their beds; cities are built and decay; kingdoms rise and fall, and all the monuments of human skill and art perish; but the hills and mountains remain the same from age to age. Thus, in Psalm 90:2 :

    Before the mountains were brought forth,

    Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,

    Even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.

    So in Proverbs 8:25, in the description of wisdom:

    Before the mountains were settled,

    Before the hills was I brought forth.

    So the hills are called "everlasting" Genesis 49:26, in allusion to their great antiquity and permanence. And so we, in common parlance, have a similar expression when we say of anything that "it is as old as the hills." The question which Eliphaz intends to ask here of Job is, whether he had lived from the creation, and had observed everything?
    Book: Job