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Job 28:23

    Job 28:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    God understands the way thereof, and he knows the place thereof.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    God has knowledge of the way to it, and of its resting-place;

    Webster's Revision

    God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof.

    World English Bible

    "God understands its way, and he knows its place.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 28:23

    God understandeth the way thereof - It can only be taught by a revelation from himself. Instead of הבין hebin, understandeth, six MSS. have הכין hechin, disposed or established. This reading is also supported by the Septuagint; Ὁ Θεος ευ συνεστησεν αυτης ὁδον, "God hath well established her way:" falsely rendered bene cognovit, hath well known, in the Latin version of the Septuagint in the London Polyglot; but bene constituit, hath well established, in the Complutensian, Antwerp, and Paris Polyglots.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 28:23

    God understandeth the way thereof - These are doubtless the words of Job. The meaning is, that the reason of the divine dispensations could be known only to God himself. He had given no clew by which man could discover this. He might carry his investigations far into the regions of science; he could penetrate the earth, and look on the stars, but still all his investigations fell short of disclosing the reasons of the divine dispensations. The secret was lodged in his bosom, and he only could communicate it where and when he pleased. It may be added here, that this is as true now as it was in the time of Job. Man has carried the investigations of science almost infinitely further than he had then, but still by the investigations of science he has by no means superseded the necessity of revelation, or shed light on the great questions that have, in all ages, so much perplexed the race. It is only by direct communication, by his word and by his Spirit, that man can be made to understand the reason of the divine doings, and nothing is better established by the course of events than the truth on which Job here so much insists, that science cannot answer the questions of so much interest to man about the divine government.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 28:23

    28:23 God - God alone. The way - The methods which he takes in the management of all affairs, together with its grounds and ends in them. The place - Where it dwells, which is only in his own mind.
    Book: Job