Job 13:4
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New International Version
You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!

King James Bible
But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

Darby Bible Translation
For ye indeed are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

World English Bible
But you are forgers of lies. You are all physicians of no value.

Young's Literal Translation
And yet, ye are forgers of falsehood, Physicians of nought -- all of you,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye are forgers of lies - Ye frame deceitful arguments: ye reason sophistically, and pervert truth and justice, in order to support your cause.

Physicians of no value - Ye are as feeble in your reasonings as ye are inefficient in your skill. Ye can neither heal the wound of my mind, nor the disease of my body. In ancient times every wise man professed skill in the healing art, and probably Job's friends had tried their skill on his body as well as on his mind. He therefore had, in his argument against their teaching, a double advantage: Your skill in divinity and physic is equal: in the former ye are forgers of lies; in the latter, ye are good-for-nothing physicians. I can see no reason to depart from the general meaning of the original to which the ancient versions adhere. The Chaldee says: "Ye are idle physicians; and, like the mortified flesh which is cut off with the knife, so are the whole of you." The imagery in the former clause is chirurpical, and refers to the sewing together, or connecting the divided sides of wounds; for טפלי topheley, which we translate forgers, comes from טפל taphal, to fasten, tie, connect, sew together. And I question whether טפלי topheley here may not as well express Surgeons, as רפאי ropheey, in the latter clause, Physicians. Ye are Chirurgeons of falsity, and worthless Physicians.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye are forgers

Job 4:7-11 Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off...

Job 5:1-5 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn...

Job 8:3,4 Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice...

Job 18:5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

*etc:

Job 21:27-34 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me...

Job 22:6 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

*etc:

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Psalm 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart.

physicians

Job 6:21 For now you are nothing; you see my casting down, and are afraid.

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Jeremiah 30:13 There is none to plead your cause, that you may be bound up: you have no healing medicines.

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shall you use many medicines; for you shall not be cured.

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that which was sick, neither have you bound up that which was broken...

Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb...

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick...

Mark 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

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Struggles of Conscience
I shall attempt to address you in the following order this morning. First, a little by way of consolation; then, a little by way of instruction; a little more upon discrimination or caution; and in the last place, a few sentences by way of exhortation. I. First, beloved, let me speak to you who are desiring to feel more and more your sins, and whose prayer is the prayer of the text, "Lord how many are mine iniquities and my sins, make me to know my transgression and my sin." Let me try to COMFORT
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860

Not Now, but Hereafter!
It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

A Canticle of Love
It is not only when He is about to send me some trial that Our Lord gives me warning and awakens my desire for it. For years I had cherished a longing which seemed impossible of realisation--to have a brother a Priest. I often used to think that if my little brothers had not gone to Heaven, I should have had the happiness of seeing them at the Altar. I greatly regretted being deprived of this joy. Yet God went beyond my dream; I only asked for one brother who would remember me each day at the Holy
Therese Martin (of Lisieux)—The Story of a Soul

"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
Isaiah xxvi. 3.--"Thou shall keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." Christ hath left us his peace, as the great and comprehensive legacy, "My peace I leave you," John xiv. 27. And this was not peace in the world that he enjoyed; you know what his life was, a continual warfare; but a peace above the world, that passeth understanding. "In the world you shall have trouble, but in me you shall have peace," saith Christ,--a peace that shall make trouble
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Nehemiah 6:8
I sent him this reply: "Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head."

Job 16:2
"I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!

Psalm 119:69
Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.

Jeremiah 23:32
Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD.

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