New American Standard Bible
"Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?
King James Bible
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed stupid in your sight?
World English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?
Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wherefore are we counted as beasts? - "Why are we treated in your remarks as if we had no sense, and were unworthy of sound argument in reply to what we say?" It is possible that there may be reference here to what Job said Job 12:7 - that even the beasts could give them information about God. But the general idea is, that Job had not treated their views with the attention which they deserved, but had regarded them as unworthy of notice.
And reputed vile - The word used here (טמה ṭâmâh) means to be unclean, or polluted; and the idea is, that Job regarded them as worthless or impious.
LibraryThe Difference Between the Two Testaments.
1. Five points of difference between the Old and the New Testaments. These belong to the mode of administration rather than the substance. First difference. In the Old Testament the heavenly inheritance is exhibited under temporal blessings; in the New, aids of this description are not employed. 2. Proof of this first difference from the simile of an heir in pupillarity, as in Gal. 4:1. 3. This the reason why the Patriarchs, under the Law, set a higher value on this life and the blessings of it, …
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion
A Few Sighs from Hell;
"He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not degraded in your eyes.
"How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.
"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?
Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
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