Job 33:12
New International Version
“But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal.

New Living Translation
“But you are wrong, and I will show you why. For God is greater than any human being.

English Standard Version
“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

Berean Study Bible
Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man.

King James Bible
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

New King James Version
“Look, in this you are not righteous. I will answer you, For God is greater than man.

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, let me respond to you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than mankind.

NASB 1995
“Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

NASB 1977
“Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.

Amplified Bible
“Look, let me answer you, in this you are not right or just; For God is greater and far superior to man.

Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that you are wrong in this matter, since God is greater than man.

American Standard Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; For God is greater than man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this you cannot be justified; I shall give you an answer: ‘God is greater than man’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For how sayest thou, I am righteous, yet he has not hearkened to me? for he that is above mortals is eternal.

Contemporary English Version
But, Job, you're wrong--God is greater than any human.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified : I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

English Revised Version
Behold, I will answer thee, in this thou art not just; for God is greater than man.

Good News Translation
But I tell you, Job, you are wrong. God is greater than any human being.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You aren't right about this! I've got an answer for you: God is greater than any mortal.

International Standard Version
"You aren't right about this; My response is that God is greater than human beings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I answer thee: In this thou art not right, That God is too great for man;

Literal Standard Version
Behold, you have not been righteous [in] this, I answer you, that God is greater than man.

NET Bible
Now in this, you are not right--I answer you, for God is greater than a human being.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

World English Bible
"Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in this thou hast not been righteous, I answer thee, that greater is God than man.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
11He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches over all my paths.’ 12Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. 13Why do you complain to Him that He answers nothing a man asks?…

Cross References
Job 11:7
Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?

Ecclesiastes 7:20
Surely there is no righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

thou

Job 1:22
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 34:10-12,17-19,23
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity…

Job 35:2
Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?

I will

Job 32:17
I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.

Job 35:4
I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.

God

Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 26:14
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 36:5
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.









(12) Behold, in this thou art not just.--But had not Job said the same thing? (Job 9:2, &c., Job 9:14, &c.); and is it possible to conceive that any one could think otherwise, more especially as Elihu used the word which specially means man in his frailty?

Verse 12. - Behold, in this thou art not just. It would certainly not have been a just charge to make against God, that he counted Job as an enemy; and, so far as Job's statements go, it must be admitted that he had laid himself open to Elihu's rebuke. But it is no logical "answer" to Job's charge to say, in reply to it, I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Might does not constitute right, and it is a poor way of justifying God to urge that he is all-powerful, and may do what he likes. So Cambyses was justified in his worst acts by the royal judges (Herod., 3:31); and so in an absolute monarchy it is always possible to justify the extremest acts of tyranny. Certainly God cannot act unjustly; but this is not because his doing a thing makes it right, but because his justice, is a law to his will, and he never wills to do anything that he has not previously seen to be just (see Cudworth's 'Immutable Morality,' which deserves the careful study, not alone of moralists, but also of theologians).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Behold,
הֶן־ (hen-)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

you are not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

right
צָדַ֣קְתָּ (ṣā·ḏaq·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6663: To be just or righteous

in this matter.
זֹ֣את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

I will answer you,
אֶעֱנֶ֑ךָּ (’e·‘ĕ·ne·kā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

God
אֱ֝ל֗וֹהַ (’ĕ·lō·w·ha)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

is greater
יִרְבֶּ֥ה (yir·beh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

than man.
מֵאֱנֽוֹשׁ׃ (mê·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 582: Man, mankind


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