New American Standard Bible
"They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
King James Bible
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
Darby Bible Translation
And they say unto �God, Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways!
World English Bible
They tell God, 'Depart from us, for we don't want to know about your ways.
Young's Literal Translation
And they say to God, 'Turn aside from us, And the knowledge of Thy ways We have not desired.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Therefore - This would seem to indicate that the "result" of their living in this manner was that they rejected God, or that one of the consequences of their being prospered would be that they would cast off his government and authority; that they renounced him "because" they were thus prosperous, or because they wished to train up their children in merriment and dancing. All this may be true in itself, but that idea is not in the Hebrew. That is simply "and they say" - ויאמרו vayo'âmarû. So the Vulgate; the Septuagint; the Chaldee - ואמרו; and the Syriac. The word "therefore" should not have been inserted. Job is not affirming that their mode of life is a "reason" why they reject the claims of God, but that it is a simple "fact" that they "do" live, even in this prosperity, in the neglect of God. This is the gist of what he is saying, that being thus wicked they were in fact prospered, and not punished as his friends had maintained.
They say unto God - This is the language of their conduct. Men do not often formally and openly say this; but it is the language of their deportment.
Depart from us - This is about all that the wicked say of God. "They wish him to let them alone." They do not desire that he would come into their habitations; they would be glad never more to hear his name. Yet what a state of mind is this! What must be the condition and character of the human heart when this desire is felt?
We desire not the knowledge of thy ways - We have no wish to become acquainted with God. His "ways" here mean his government, his law, his claims - whatever God does. Never was there a better description of the feelings of the human heart than is here expressed. The ways of God are displeasing to people, and they seek to crowd from their minds all respect to his commandments and claims. Yet, if this is the character of man, assuredly he is very far from being a holy being. What higher proof of depravity can there be, than that a man has no desire to know anything about a pure and holy God; no pleasure in becoming acquainted with his Maker!
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"They said to God, 'Depart from us!' And 'What can the Almighty do to them?'
Because they turned aside from following Him, And had no regard for any of His ways;
"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
"Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."
"Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," declares the LORD.
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