New American Standard Bible
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'
King James Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
Darby Bible Translation
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowl of the heavens?
World English Bible
who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'
Young's Literal Translation
Teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, Yea, than the fowl of the heavens He maketh us wiser.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth - Who is able to teach us mere than the irrational creation; that is, in regard to the nature and design of affliction. They suffer without knowing why. They are subjected to toil and hardships; endure pain, and die, without any knowledge why all this occurs, and without any rational view of the government and plans of God. It is not, or need not be so, says Elihu, when man suffers. He is intelligent. He can understand why he is afflicted. He has only to make use of his superior endowments, and apply to his Maker, and he will see so much of the reason of his doings that he will acquiesce in the wise arrangement. Perhaps there is an implied reflection here on those who suffered generally, as if they manifested no more intelligence than the brute creation. They make no use of intellectual endowments. They do not examine the nature of the divine administration, and they do not apply to God for instruction and help. If they should do so, he would teach them so that they would acquiesce and rejoice in his government and dealings. According to this view, the meaning is, that if people suffer without relief and consolation, it is to be attributed to their stupidity and unwillingness to look to God for light and aid, and not at all to his injustice.
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"They have Corrupted Themselves; their Spot is not the Spot of his Children; they are a Perverse and Crooked Generation. "
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
"Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?
"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?
He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge?
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, And whom You teach out of Your law;
"They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.
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