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Job 4:15

    Job 4:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And a breath was moving over my face; the hair of my flesh became stiff:

    Webster's Revision

    Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up.

    World English Bible

    Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 4:15

    Then a spirit passed before my face - He does not intimate whether it was the spirit of a man, or an angel who thus appeared. The belief in such apparitions was common in the early ages, and indeed has prevailed at all times. No one can demonstrate that God could not communicate his will in such a manner as this, or by a messenger deputed from his immediate presence to impart valuable truth to people.

    The hair of my flesh stood up - This is an effect which is known often to be produced by fear. Sometimes the hair is made to turn white almost in an instant, as an effect of sudden alarm; but usually the effect is to make it stand on end. Seneca uses language remarkably similar to this in describing the effect of fear, in Hercule Oetoeo:

    Vagus per artus errat excussos tremor;

    Erectus horret crinis. Impulsis adhuc

    Star terror animis. et cor attonitum salit,

    Pavidumque trepidis palpitat venis jecur.

    So Virgil,

    Steteruntque comae, et vox faucibus haesit.

    Aeneid ii.774.

    See also Aeneid iii. 48, iv. 289. So also Aeneid xii. 868:

    Arrectaeque horrore comae.

    A similar description of the effect of fear is given in the Ghost's speech to Hamlet:

    "But that I am forbid

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    Wesley's Notes on Job 4:15

    4:15 A spirit - An angel in visible shape, otherwise he could not have discerned it. Stood up - Through that excessive horror caused by so glorious, unusual, and terrible a presence.
    Book: Job