Job 9:12
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English Standard Version
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

King James Bible
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

American Standard Version
Behold, he seizeth the prey , who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?

English Revised Version
Behold, he seizeth the prey, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What doest thou?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 Who removeth mountains without their knowing,

That He hath overturned them in His wrath;

6 Who causeth the earth to shake out of its place,

And its pillars to tremble;

7 Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not,

And sealeth up the stars.

ידעוּ ולא (Job 9:5) may also be translated: without one's perceiving it or knowing why; but it is more natural to take the mountains as the subject. אשׁר, quod, that (not "as," Ewald, 333, a), after ידע, as Ezekiel 20:26; Ecclesiastes 8:12. Even the lofty mountains are quite unconscious of the change which He effects on them in a moment. Before they are aware that it is being done, it is over, as the praet. implies; the destructive power of His anger is irresistible, and effects its purpose suddenly. He causes the earth to start up from its place (comp. Isaiah 13:13) which it occupies in space (Job 26:7); and by being thus set in motion by Him, its pillars tremble, i.e., its internal foundations (Psalm 104:5), which are removed from human perception (Job 38:6). It is not the highest mountains, which are rather called the pillars, as it were the supports, of heaven (Job 26:11), that are meant. By the same almighty will He disposes of the sun and stars. The sun is here called חרס (as in Judges 14:18 חרסה with unaccented ah, and as Isaiah 19:18 ‛Ir ha-Heres is a play upon החרס עיר, Ἡλιούπολις), perhaps from the same root as חרוּץ, one of the poetical names of gold. At His command the sun rises not, and He seals up the stars, i.e., conceals them behind thick clouds, so that the day becomes dark, and the night is not made bright. One may with Schultens think of the Flood, or with Warburton of the Egyptian darkness, and the standing still of the sun at the word of Joshua; but these are only single historical instances of a fact here affirmed as a universal experience of the divine power.

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he taketh

Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desires, even that he does.

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?...

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven...

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance...

hinder him. Heb. turn him away

Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

What

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth...

Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? said the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand...

Matthew 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

Romans 9:18-20 Therefore has he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardens...

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

Cross References
Romans 9:19
You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?"

Job 10:7
although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?

Job 11:10
If he passes through and imprisons and summons the court, who can turn him back?

Ecclesiastes 8:4
For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, "What are you doing?"

Isaiah 43:13
Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?"

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, 'What are you making?' or 'Your work has no handles'?

Daniel 4:35
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?"

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