Job 37:20
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English Standard Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

King James Bible
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

American Standard Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall tell him the things I speak? even if a man shall speak, he shall be swallowed up.

English Revised Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

14 Hearken unto this, O Job;

Stand still and consider the wonderful works of God!

15 Dost thou know when God designeth

To cause the light of His clouds to shine?

16 Dost thou understand the balancings of the clouds,

The wondrous things of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

Job is to stand still, instead of dictating to God, in order to draw from His wondrous acts in nature a conclusion with reference to his mystery of suffering. In Job 37:15 ידע בּ does not, as Job 35:15 (Ew. 217, S. 557), belong together, but בּ is the temporal Beth. שׂוּם is equivalent to שׂים לבּו (vid., on Job 34:23); עליהם does not refer to נפלאות (Hirz.) or the phenomena of the storm (Ew.), but is intended as neuter (as בּם Job 36:31, בּהם Job 22:21), and finds in Job 37:15 its distinctive development: "the light of His clouds" is their effulgent splendour. Without further support, ידע על is to have knowledge concerning anything, Job 37:16; מפלשׂי is also ἁπ. γεγρ.. It is unnecessary to consider it as wrongly written from מפרשׂי, Job 36:29, or as from it by change of letter (as אלמנות equals ארמנות, Isaiah 13:22). The verb פּלּס signifies to make level, prepare (viz., a way, also weakened: to take a certain way, Proverbs 5:6), once: to weigh, Psalm 58:3, as denom. from פּלס, a balance (and indeed a steelyard, statera), which is thus mentioned as the means of adjustment. מפלשׂי accordingly signifies either, as synon. of משׁקלי (thus the Midrash, vid., Jalkut, 522), weights (the relations of weight), or even equipoised balancings (Aben-Ezra, Kimchi, and others), Lat. quomodo librentur nubes in are.

(Note: The word is therefore a metaphor taken from the balance, and it may be observed that the Syro-Arabic, on account of the most extensive application of the balance, is unusually rich in such metaphors. Moreover, the Arabic has no corresponding noun: the teflı̂s (a balance) brought forward by Ges. in his Thes. and Handwrterbuch from Schindler's Pentaglotton, is a word devoid of all evidence from original sources and from the modern usage of the language, in this signification.)

מפלאות is also a word that does not occur elsewhere; in like manner דּע belongs exclusively to Elihu. God is called תּמים דּעים (comp. Job 36:4) as the Omniscient One, whose knowledge is absolute as to its depth as well as its circumference.

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Psalm 139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD, you know it altogether.

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment...


Job 6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

Job 11:7,8 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection...

Cross References
Job 37:19
Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.

Job 37:21
"And now no one looks on the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them.

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