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Job 26:3

    Job 26:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    How have you counceled him that has no wisdom? and how have you plentifully declared the thing as it is?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    How have you given teaching to him who has no wisdom, and fully made clear true knowledge!

    Webster's Revision

    How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge!

    World English Bible

    How have you counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!

    Barnes' Notes on Job 26:3

    How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? - As he had undertaken to give counsel to another, and to suggest views that might be adapted to elevate his mind in his depression, and to console him in his sorrows, he had a right to expect more than he had found in his speech.

    And how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? - The word rendered "the thing as it is" (תשׁיה tûshı̂yâh) denotes properly a setting upright, uprightness - from ישׁה yāshah; then help, deliverance, Job 6:13; purpose, undertaking, enterprise, Job 5:12; then counsel, wisdom, understanding, Job 11:6; Job 12:16. Here it is synonymous with reason, wisdom, or truth. The word rendered "plentifully" (לרב larôb) means "for multitude," or abundantly, and the sense here is, that Bildad had made extraordinary pretensions to wisdom, and that this was the result. This short, irrelevant speech was all; a speech that communicated nothing new, and that met none of the real difficulties of the case.
    Book: Job