Job 20:4
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New International Version
"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,

King James Bible
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

Darby Bible Translation
Knowest thou [not] this, that of old, since man was placed upon earth,

World English Bible
Don't you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,

Young's Literal Translation
This hast thou known from antiquity? Since the placing of man on earth?

Job 20:4 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Knowest thou not this of old - This is a maxim as ancient as the world; it began with the first man: A wicked man shall triumph but a short time; God will destroy the proud doer.

Since man was placed upon earth - Literally, since Adam was placed on the earth; that is, since the fall, wickedness and hypocrisy have existed; but they have never triumphed long. Thou hast lately been expressing confidence in reference to a general judgment; but such is thy character, that thou hast little reason to anticipate with any joy the decisions of that day.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

thou not

Job 8:8,9 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the search of their fathers...

Job 15:10 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father.

Job 32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

man

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it...

Genesis 9:1-3 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...

Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth has he given to the children of men.

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June 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

God.
GLORY OF GOD. God is the chief good--good so as nothing is but himself. He is in himself most happy; yea, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to his nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our hearts. Right thoughts of God are able to ravish the heart; how much more happy is the man that has interest in
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Cross References
Job 8:8
"Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,

Job 15:18
what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors

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