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Job 33:12

    Job 33:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Truly, in saying this you are wrong; for God is greater than man.

    Webster's Revision

    Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

    World English Bible

    "Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; for God is greater than man.

    Definitions for Job 33:12

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 33:12

    In this thou art not just - Thou hast laid charges against God's dealings, but thou hast not been able to justify those charges; and were there nothing else against thee, these irreverent speeches are so many proofs that thou art not clear in the sight of God.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 33:12

    Behold, in this thou art not just - In this view of God, and in these reflections on his character and government. Such language in regard to the Deity cannot be vindicated; such views cannot be right. It cannot be that he wishes to be the foe of man; that he watches with a jealous eye every movement with a view to find something that will justify him in bringing heavy calamities upon his creatures, or that he sets himself as a spy upon the way in which man goes, in order to find out something that shall make it proper for him to treat him as an enemy. It cannot be denied that Job had indulged in language making substantially such representations of God, and that he had thus given occasion for the reproof of Elihu. It can as little be denied that such thoughts frequently pass through the minds of the afflicted, though they do not express them in words, nor is it less doubtful that they should be at once banished from the soul. They cannot be true. It cannot be that God thus regards and treats his crea tures; that he wishes to find "occasion" in them to make it proper for him to bring calamity upon them, or that he desires to regard them as his foes.

    I will answer thee - That is, I will show that this view is unjust." This he does in the subsequent verses by stating what he supposes to be the real design of afflictions, and by showing that God in these trials had a good and benevolent object.

    That - - כי kı̂y. Rather, "because," or "for." The object is not to show that God was greater than man - for that could not be a matter of information, but to show that because he was far above man he had great and elevated objects in his dealings with him, and man should submit to him without a complaint.

    God is greater than man - The meaning of this is, that man should suppose that God has good reasons for all that he does, and that he might not be qualified to understand the reason of his doings. He should therefore acquiesce in his arrangements, and not call in question the equity of the divine dealings. In all our trials it is well to remember that God is greater than we are. He knows what is best; and though we may not be able to see the reason of his doings, yet it becomes us to acquiesce in his superior wisdom.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 33:12

    33:12 Not just - Thou art in the wrong. Greater - Not only in power and majesty, but also in justice, and wisdom, and goodness, and therefore thou dost foolishly, in censuring his judgments, thou castest off that awe and reverence which thou shouldest constantly maintain towards thy sovereign Lord.
    Book: Job