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Job 34:13

    Job 34:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Who has given him a charge over the earth? or who has disposed the whole world?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who put the earth into his care, or made him responsible for the world?

    Webster's Revision

    Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who hath disposed the whole world?

    World English Bible

    Who put him in charge of the earth? or who has appointed him over the whole world?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Who gave him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 34:13

    Who hath given him a charge - Who is it that governs the world? Is it not God? Who disposes of all things in it? Is it not the Almighty, by his just and merciful providence? The government of the world shows the care, the justice, and the mercy of God.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 34:13

    Who hath given him a charge over the earth? - That is, he is the great original Proprietor and Ruler of all. He has derived his authority to govern from no one; he is under subjection to no one, and he has, therefore, an absolute right to do his own pleasure. Reigning then with absolute and original authority, no one has a right to call in question the equity of what he does. The argument of Elihu here, that God would do right, is derived solely from his independence. If he were a subordinate governor, he would feel less interest in the correct administration of affairs, and might be tempted to commit injuries to gratify the feelings of his superior. As he is, however, supreme and independent, he cannot be tempted to do wrong by any reference to a superior will; as the universe is that which he has made, and which belongs to him, every consideration would lead him to do right to all. He can have no partiality for one more than another; and there can be no one to whom he would desire to do injustice - for who wishes to injure that which belongs to himself? Prof. Lee, however, renders this, "Who hath set a land in order against him?" He supposes that the remark is designed to show the folly of rebelling against God. But the former interpretation seems better to accord with the scope of the argument.

    Or who hath disposed the whole world? - Who has arranged the affairs of the universe? The word rendered "world," usually means the habitable earth, but it is employed here in the sense of the universe, and the idea is, that God has arranged and ordered all things, and that he is the supreme and absolute Sovereign.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 34:13

    34:13 Who - Who or where is his superior that made the world, and, then delivered the government of it to God? God himself is the sole creator, the absolute Lord of all, and therefore cannot do unjustly: because the creator and Lord of the world must needs have all possible perfections in himself, and amongst others, perfect justice. Disposed - Or, committed, to him, to be governed by him, in the name, of his Lord, to whom he must give an account.
    Book: Job