New International Version
You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore you will not let them triumph.
King James Bible
For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast hidden their heart from understanding; therefore thou wilt not exalt [them].
World English Bible
For you have hidden their heart from understanding, Therefore you shall not exalt them.
Young's Literal Translation
For their heart Thou hast hidden From understanding, Therefore Thou dost not exalt them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For thou hast hid their heart - This address is to God; and here he is represented as doing that which in the course of his providence he only permits to be done.
Shalt thou not exalt them - This was exactly fulfilled: not one of Job's friends was exalted; on the contrary, God condemned the whole; and they were not received into the Divine favor till Job sacrificed, and made intercession for them.
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Library9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better …
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser
Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
If anyone denounces their friends for reward, the eyes of their children will fail.
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