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Job 22:4

    Job 22:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Will he reprove you for fear of you? will he enter with you into judgment?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Is it because you give him honour that he is sending punishment on you and is judging you?

    Webster's Revision

    Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment?

    World English Bible

    Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Is it for thy fear of him that he reproveth thee, that he entereth with thee into judgment?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 22:4

    For fear of thee? - Is it because he is afraid that thou wilt do him some injury, that he has stripped thee of thy power and wealth?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 22:4

    Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? - Or, rather, will he come into trial, and argue his cause before a tribunal, because he is afraid that his character will suffer, or because he feels himself bound to appear, and answer to the charges which may be brought? The language is all taken from courts of justice, and the object is, to reprove Job as if he felt that it was necessary that God should appear and answer to what he alleged against him.

    Will he enter with thee into judgment? - Will he condescend to enter on a trial with one like thee? Will he submit his cause to a trial with man, as if he were an equal, or as if man had any right to such an investigation? It is to be remembered, that Job had repeatedly expressed a desire to carry his cause before God, and that God would meet him as an equal, and not take advantage of his majesty and power to overwhelm him; see Job 13:3, note; Job 13:20-21, notes. Eliphaz here asks, whether God could be expected to meet "a man," one of his own creatures, in this manner, and to go into a trial of the cause. He says that God was supreme; that no one could bring him into court; and that he could not be restrained from doing his pleasure by any dread of man. These sentiments are all noble and correct, and worthy of a sage. Soon, however, he changes the style, and utters the language of severe reproach, because Job had presumed to make such a suggestion. Perhaps, also, in this verse, a special emphasis should be placed on "thee." "Will God enter into trial with thee ... a man whose wickedness is so great, and whose sin is infinite?" Job 22:4-5.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 22:4

    22:4 Reprove - Punish thee. Because he is afraid, lest if he should let thee alone, thou wouldst grow too great and powerful for him: surely no. As thy righteousness cannot profit him, so thy wickedness can do him no hurt.
    Book: Job