Job 21:22
New International Version
"Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?

New Living Translation
“But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful?

English Standard Version
Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?

Berean Study Bible
Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges those on high?

King James Bible
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

New King James Version
“Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on high?

New American Standard Bible
“Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

NASB 1995
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

NASB 1977
“Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?

Amplified Bible
“Can anyone teach God knowledge, Seeing that He judges those on high?

Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone teach God knowledge, since he judges the exalted ones?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone teach God knowledge, since He judges the exalted ones?

American Standard Version
Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do you teach God knowledge? For he will judge the proud!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Is it not the Lord who teaches understanding and knowledge? and does not he judge murders?

Contemporary English Version
Who can tell God what to do? He judges powerful rulers. *

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high?

English Revised Version
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Good News Translation
Can anyone teach God, who judges even those in high places?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can anyone teach God knowledge? Can anyone judge the Most High?

International Standard Version
"Can God learn anything? After all, he will judge even the exalted ones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.

Literal Standard Version
Does [one] teach knowledge to God, "" Since He judges [those] on high?

NET Bible
Can anyone teach God knowledge, since he judges those that are on high?

New Heart English Bible
"Shall any teach God knowledge, seeing he judges those who are high?

World English Bible
"Shall any teach God knowledge, since he judges those who are high?

Young's Literal Translation
To God doth one teach knowledge, And He the high doth judge?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
21For what does he care about his household after him, when the number of his months has run out? 22Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges those on high? 23One man dies full of vigor, completely secure and at ease.…

Cross References
Romans 11:34
"Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?"

Job 4:18
If God puts no trust in His servants, and He charges His angels with error,

Job 15:15
If God puts no trust in His holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in His eyes,

Job 21:21
For what does he care about his household after him, when the number of his months has run out?

Job 35:11
who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'

Job 36:22
Behold, God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him?

Psalm 82:1
God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods:

Isaiah 40:14
Whom did He consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the paths of justice? Who imparted knowledge to Him and showed Him the way of understanding?


Treasury of Scripture

Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judges those that are high.

teach

Job 40:2
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Isaiah 40:13,14
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counseller hath taught him? …

Isaiah 45:9
Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

he judgeth

Job 34:17-19
Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? …

Psalm 113:5,6
Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, …

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.









(22) Shall any teach God knowledge? may be regarded as the hypothetical reply of the antagonist. If the reader prefers to understand these latter verses in any other way, it is open to him to do so, but in our judgment it seems better to understand them thus. The supposed alternative hypothetical argument seems to throw much light upon them.

Verse 22. - Shall any teach God knowledge? Job has been searching the "deep things of God," speculating upon the method of the Divine government of the world, he has perhaps rashly ventured to "rush in where angels fear to tread." Now, however, he cheeks himself with the confession that God's ways are inscrutable, his knowledge far beyond any knowledge possessed by man. Men must not presume to judge him; it is for him to judge them. Seeing he judgeth those that are high. None so exalted, none so advanced in wisdom and knowledge, none so venturesome in sounding depths that they cannot fathom, but God is above them, judges them, knows their hearts, and, according to his infallible wisdom, condemns or approves them. This is a chastening thought, and its effect on Job is to make him contract his sails, and, leaving the empyrean, content himself with s lower flight. Previously he has maintained, as if he were admitted to the Divine counsels, that the prosperity of the wicked was a rule of God's government. Now he goes no further than to say that there is no rule discoverable. Happiness and misery are dispensed - as far as man can see - on no definite principle, and, at the end, one lot happens to all: all go down into the tomb, and lie in the dust, and the worms devour them (vers. 23-26).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Can anyone teach
יְלַמֶּד־ (yə·lam·meḏ-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3925: To exercise in, learn

knowledge
דָּ֑עַת (dā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

to God,
הַלְאֵ֥ל (hal·’êl)
Article, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

since He
וְ֝ה֗וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

judges
יִשְׁפּֽוֹט׃ (yiš·pō·wṭ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

those on high?
רָמִ֥ים (rā·mîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise


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