New American Standard Bible
"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
King James Bible
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
Darby Bible Translation
Canst thou by searching find out +God? canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection?
World English Bible
"Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
Young's Literal Translation
By searching dost thou find out God? Unto perfection find out the Mighty One?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Canst then, by searching, find out God? - In order to illustrate the sentiment which he had just expressed, that the secrets of divine wisdom must be far above our comprehension, Zophar introduces here this sublime description of God - a description which seems to have the form and force of a proverb. It seems to have been a settled opinion that man could not find out the Almighty to perfection by his own powers - a sentiment, which is as true now, as it was then, and which is of the utmost importance in all our inquiries about the Creator. The sentiment is expressed in a most beautiful manner; and the language itself is not unworthy of the theme. The word "searching," חקר chêqer, is from חקר châqar to search, to search out, to examine; and the primary sense, according to Gesenius, lies in searching in the earth by boring or digging - as for metals. Then it means to search with diligence and care. Here it means that by the utmost attention in examining the works of God, it would be impossible for man to find out the Almighty to perfection. All the investigations which have been made of God, have fallen short of the object; and at the present time it is as true as it was in the days of Job, that we cannot, by searching, find him out. Of much that pertains to him and his plans we must be content to remain in ignorance, until we are admitted to the revelations of a higher world - happy and thankful now that we are permitted to know so much of him as we do, and that we are apprized of the existence of one infinite and perfect mind. It is an inexpressible privilege to know "anything" of God; and it is proof of the exalted nature of man, that he is now capable of becoming in any degree acquainted with the divine nature.
LibraryGod Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 Can creatures to perfection find  Th' eternal uncreated mind? Or can the largest stretch of thought Measure and search his nature out? 2 'Tis high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell, And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high. 3 But man, vain man, would fain be wise, Born like a wild young colt he flies Thro' all the follies of his mind, And swells and snuffs the empty wind. 4 God is a King of power unknown, Firm are the orders of his throne; …
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Whether Confidence Belongs to Magnanimity?
Divine Impartiality Considered.
Letter ix. Meditation.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
"Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.
"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?
"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.
"God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.
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