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Job 26:4

    Job 26:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To whom have you uttered words? and whose spirit came from you?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    To whom hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To whom have your words been said? and whose spirit came out from you?

    Webster's Revision

    To whom hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee?

    World English Bible

    To whom have you uttered words? Whose spirit came forth from you?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came forth from thee?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 26:4

    Whose spirit came from thee? - Mr. Good renders the verse thus: From whom hast thou pillaged speeches? And whose spirit hath issued forth from thee? The retort is peculiarly severe; and refers immediately to the proverbial sayings which in several of the preceding answers have been adduced against the irritated sufferer; for which see Job 8:11-19; Job 15:20-35, some of which he has already complained of, as in Job 12:3, and following. I concur most fully therefore with Dr. Stock in regarding the remainder of this chapter as a sample, ironically exhibited by Job, of the harangues on the power and greatness of God which he supposes his friends to have taken out of the mouths of other men, to deck their speeches with borrowed lustre. Only, in descanting on the same subject, he shows how much he himself can go beyond them in eloquence and sublimity.

    Job intimates that, whatever spirit they had, it was not the Spirit of God, because in their answers falsehood was found.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 26:4

    To whom hast thou uttered words? - Jerome renders this, Quem docere voluisti? "Whom do you wish to teach?" The sense is, "Do you attempt to teach me in such a manner, on such a subject? Do you take it that I am so ignorant of the perfections of God, that such remarks about him would convey any real instruction?"

    And whose spirit came from thee? - That is, by whose spirit didst thou speak? What claims hast thou to inspiration, or to the uttering of sentiments beyond what man himself could originate? The meaning is, that there was nothing remarkable in what he had said that would show that he had been indebted for it either to God or to the wise and good on earth.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 26:4

    26:4 To whom - For whose instruction hast thou uttered these things? For mine? Dost thou think I do not know, that which the meanest persons are not unacquainted with; that God is incomparably greater and better than his creatures? Whose spirit - Who inspired thee with this profound discourse of thine?
    Book: Job