New American Standard Bible
"Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?
King James Bible
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou listened in the secret council of +God? And hast thou absorbed wisdom for thyself?
World English Bible
Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Young's Literal Translation
Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Hast thou heard the secret of God? - literally, "in the secret of God hast thou heard" - הסוד hasôd. The word rendered "secret" (סוד sôd) means properly a "couch" or "cushion," on which one reclines - whether for sleep or at a table, or as a divan. Hence, it means a divan, or circle of persons sitting together for familiar conversation, Jeremiah 6:11; Jeremiah 15:17; or of judges, counsellors, or advisers for consultation, as the word "divan" is now used in Oriental countries; Psalm 89:7; Jeremiah 33:18. Then it means any consultation, counsel, familiar conversation, or intimacy; Psalm 55:14; Proverbs 15:22. Here God is represented in Oriental language as seated in a "divan," or council of state: there is deliberation about the concerns of his government; important questions are agitated and decided; and Eliphaz asks of Job whether he had been admitted to that council, and had heard those deliberations; and whether, if he had not, he was qualified to pronounce as he had done, on the plans and purposes of the Almighty.
And dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? - Having obtained the secret of that council, art thou now keeping it wholly to thyself - as a prime minister might be supposed to keep the purposes resolved on in the divan? "Hast thou listened in the council of yahweh, and dost thou now reserve all wisdom to thyself?"
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Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?
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For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
As I was in the prime of my days, When the friendship of God was over my tent;
"But who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?
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