Job 7:17
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New International Version
"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,

King James Bible
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that thou makest much of him? and that thou settest thy heart upon him?

World English Bible
What is man, that you should magnify him, that you should set your mind on him,

Young's Literal Translation
What is man that Thou dost magnify him? And that Thou settest unto him Thy heart?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

What is man that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? - Two different ideas have been drawn from these words: -

1. Man is not worth thy notice; why therefore dost thou contend with him?

2. How astonishing is thy kindness that thou shouldest fix thy heart - thy strongest affections, on such a poor, base, vile, impotent creature as man, (אנוש enosh), that thou shouldest so highly exalt him beyond all other creatures, and mark him with the most particular notice of thy providence and grace!

The paraphrase of Calmet is as follows: "Does man, such as he at present is, merit thy attention! What is man that God should make it his business to examine, try, prove, and afflict him? Is it not doing him too much honor to think thus seriously about him? O Lord! I am not worthy that thou shouldest concern thyself about me!"

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

What is man.

Psalm 8:4 What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?

Psalm 144:3 LORD, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! or the son of man, that you make account of him!

Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him?


Job 7:12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

1 Samuel 24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

set thine.

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath...

December 4 Evening
I would not live alway.--JOB 7:16. And I said, O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. In this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.--Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Of Resisting Temptation
So long as we live in the world, we cannot be without trouble and trial. Wherefore it is written in Job, The life of man upon the earth is a trial.(1) And therefore ought each of us to give heed concerning trials and temptations, and watch unto prayer, lest the devil find occasion to deceive; for he never sleepeth, but goeth about seeking whom he may devour. No man is so perfect in holiness that he hath never temptations, nor can we ever be wholly free from them. 2. Yet, notwithstanding, temptations
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

The Eternity and Unchangeableness of God.
Exod. iii. 14.--"I AM THAT I AM."--Psal. xc. 2.--"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God."--Job xi. 7-9.--"Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea." This is the chief point of saving knowledge,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

What Now Shall I Say Concerning the Very Carefulness and Watchfulness against Sin? "Who...
48. What now shall I say concerning the very carefulness and watchfulness against sin? "Who shall boast that he hath a chaste heart? or who shall boast that he is clean from sin?" [2200] Holy virginity is indeed inviolate from the mother's womb; but "no one," saith he, "is clean in Thy sight, not even the infant whose life is of one day upon the earth." [2201] There is kept also in faith inviolate a certain virginal chastity, whereby the Church is joined as a chaste virgin unto One Husband: but That
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

Cross References
Hebrews 2:6
But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?

Job 22:2
"Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him?

Job 25:6
how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot-- a human being, who is only a worm!"

Psalm 8:4
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

Psalm 144:3
LORD, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?

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