Job 35:11
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English Standard Version
who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’

King James Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

American Standard Version
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and instructeth us more than the fowls of the air.

English Revised Version
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 Look towards heaven and see,

And behold the ethereal heights: they are high above thee.

6 If thou sinnest, what dost thou effect with Him?

And if thy transgressions are many, what doest thou to Him?

7 If thou art righteous, what dost thou give Him,

Or what doth He take from thy hand?

8 To man like thee thy godlessness availeth,

And to thee, a son of man, thy righteousness.

Towards heaven he is to direct his gaze, to obtain from the height of heaven a notion of the exaltation of God who dwells above the heavens. The combination הבּיט וראה is like Psalm 80:15 and freq. שׁחקים (שׁחק, Arab. sḥq, to rub in pieces, make thin, therefore the opposite of עבים) are the thin transparent strata of the atmosphere above the hanging clouds. מן after גּבהּ denotes the height that is on the opposite side to the beholder. From the exaltation of God it is then further inferred that it is impossible to exercise any human influence upon Him, by which He might suffer. The pointing wavers here between תּפעל (the common fut. form) and תּפעל(as a contraction of תּפעל after the form אזעם, Numbers 23:8). Human wrong or right doing neither diminishes nor increases His blessedness; injury or advantage is only on the side of man, from whom it proceeds. Others, whom his conduct affect, are not included in Job 35:8 : righteous or ungodly doing, Elihu means to say, as such and with its consequences, belongs solely to the doer himself, the man "like thee" (לאישׁ with Munach, כּמוך with Munach), the son of man, i.e., man, capable of evil as of good, and who always, after deciding in favour of the latter or the former, determines his fortune or misfortune, in distinction from God, who ever remains unchangeably the same in His perfect righteousness. What Elihu here says we have already heard from Eliphaz, Job 22:2., and Job even expresses himself similarly in Job 7:20; but to Elihu's mind it all becomes for Job new and powerful motives to quiet submission, for what objection should Job raise in justification of his complaints concerning his affliction against such sentiments as these, that goodness bears its reward and evil its punishment in itself, and that God's reward of goodness is not a work of indebtedness, nor His punishment of evil a work of necessity? Before such truth he must really hold his peace.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea...

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;

Cross References
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Job 21:22
Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?

Job 36:22
Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?

Psalm 94:10
He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge--

Psalm 94:12
Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law,

Jeremiah 32:33
They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.

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