Job 32:22
New International Version
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

New Living Translation
For if I tried flattery, my Creator would soon destroy me.

English Standard Version
For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.

Berean Study Bible
For I do not know how to flatter, or my Maker would remove me in an instant.

New American Standard Bible
"For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.

New King James Version
For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.

King James Bible
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

Christian Standard Bible
For I do not know how to give such titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.

Contemporary English Version
if I did, my Creator would quickly destroy me!

Good News Translation
I don't know how to flatter, and God would quickly punish me if I did.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I do not know how to give such titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.

International Standard Version
since I don't know the first thing about how to flatter; and the one who made me would sweep me away as if I were nothing."

NET Bible
for I do not know how to give honorary titles, if I did, my Creator would quickly do away with me.

New Heart English Bible
For I do not know how to give flattering titles; or else my Maker would soon take me away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't know how to flatter. If I did, my maker would soon carry me away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I know not to give flattering titles; Else would my Maker soon take me away

New American Standard 1977
“For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I do not know how to give flattering titles; otherwise my maker would soon take me away.

King James 2000 Bible
For I know not how to give flattery; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

American King James Version
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

American Standard Version
For I know not to give flattering titles; Else would my Maker soon take me away.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I know not how to respect persons: and if otherwise, even the moths would eat me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I know not how long I shall continue, and whether after a while my Maker may take me away.

Darby Bible Translation
For I know not how to flatter; my Maker would soon take me away.

English Revised Version
For I know not to give flattering titles; else would my Maker soon take me away.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing, my Maker would soon take me away.

World English Bible
For I don't know how to give flattering titles; or else my Maker would soon take me away.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have not known to give flattering titles, In a little doth my Maker take me away.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
21I will be partial to no one, nor will I flatter any man. 22For I do not know how to flatter, or my Maker would remove me in an instant.
Cross References
Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?

Job 32:21
I will be partial to no one, nor will I flatter any man.

Job 33:1
But now, Job, hear my speech, and listen to all my words.

Treasury of Scripture

For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

I know not.

Job 17:5
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

Psalm 12:2,3
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak…

Proverbs 29:5
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.







Lexicon
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I do not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

know how
יָדַ֣עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

to flatter,
אֲכַנֶּ֑ה (’ă·ḵan·neh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3655: To address by an additional name, to eulogize

or my Maker
עֹשֵֽׂנִי׃ (‘ō·śê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

would remove me
יִשָּׂאֵ֥נִי (yiś·śā·’ê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

in an instant.
כִּ֝מְעַ֗ט (kim·‘aṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few
(22) In so doing my maker would soon take me away.--Or perhaps the meaning may be, "My Maker will almost have to forgive me:" that is, for being too candid, frank, and straightforward; for speaking too plainly. Some commentators regard Elihu's character with great disfavour, and consider him to be an empty and arrogant talker, mainly, perhaps, from Job 32:18-19; others accept him as a wise and pious friend of Job, who not only gave him good advice, but perhaps more nearly than any other of the disputants hit the truth about Job's afflictions. We are probably more right in this latter view, because at the climax of the poem we do not read that Elihu had any share in the condemnation which was passed by God on the three friends of Job. He is not noticed for either praise or blame.

It is to be observed that the last eight verses of this chapter are a kind of soliloquy, unlike the former part of it, which was addressed to the friends, or the next chapter, which is addressed to Job.

Verse 22. - For I know not to give flattering titles; i.e. it is not my habit to give flattering titles, nor have I any knowledge of the art. I should expect that, if such were my habit, my Maker would soon take me away; would soon, i.e., remove me from the earth, as one whose influence was not for good, but for evil. Flattery is condemned by Job, in Job 17:5: by David, in the Psalms (Psalm 3:9; 12:2, 3; 78:36); and by Solomon, in the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 2:16; Proverbs 7:21; Proverbs 20:19; Proverbs 28:23, etc.).



32:15-22 If we are sure that the Spirit of God suggested what we are about to say, still we ought to refrain, till it comes to our turn to speak. God is the God of order, not of confusion. It is great refreshment to a good man, to speak for the glory of the Lord, and to edify others. And the more we consider the majesty of God, as our Maker, and the more we dread his wrath and justice, the less shall we sinfully fear or flatter men. Could we set the wrath Lord always before us, in his mercies and his terrors, we should not be moved from doing our duty in whatever we are called to do.
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