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Job 17:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But as for you all, come on now again; And I shall not find a wise man among you.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “But come again all of you now, For I do not find a wise man among you.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But as for you all, pray come on again; and I shall not find one wise man among you.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But indeed, as for them all, will ye bethink yourselves and enter into it, I pray you? Or shall I not find, among you, one who is wise?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Return, and come in, I pray you, And I find not among you a wise man.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Wherefore be you all converted, and come, and I shall not find among you any wise man.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But as for you all, doe you returne, and come now, for I cannot find one wise man among you.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Howbeit, do ye all strengthen [yourselves] and come now, for I do not find truth in you.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 199
{0199} Prime
Apparently a variation of H0194; however or on the contrary.
as for you all, x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
do ye return, 7725
{7725} Prime
A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
and come x935
(0935) Complement
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
now: y935
[0935] Standard
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
(4994) Complement
A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered I pray, now or then; added mostly to verbs (in the imperative or future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjugation.
for I cannot x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
find 4672
{4672} Prime
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[one] wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
[man] among you.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 17:10

_ _ return — If you have anything to advance really wise, though I doubt it, recommence your speech. For as yet I cannot find one wise man among you all.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Job 17:10-16

_ _ Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hopes of his return to a prosperous estate again; now he here shows,

_ _ I. That it was their folly to talk so (Job 17:10): “Return, and come now, be convinced that you are in an error, and let me persuade you to be of my mind; for I cannot find one wise man among you, that knows how to explain the difficulties of God's providence or how to apply the consolations of his promises.” Those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted who fetch their comforts from the possibility of their recovery and enlargement in this world; though that is not to be despaired of, it is at the best uncertain; and if it should fail, as perhaps it may, the comfort built upon it will fail too. It is therefore our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail, the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life.

_ _ II. That it would he much more his folly to heed them; for,

_ _ 1. All his measures were already broken and he was full of confusion, Job 17:11, Job 17:12. He owns he had, in his prosperity, often pleased himself both with projects of what he should do and prospects of what he should enjoy; but now he looked upon his days as past, or drawing towards a period; all those purposes were broken off and those expectations dashed. He had had thoughts about enlarging his border, increasing his stock, and settling his children, and many pious thoughts, it is likely, of promoting religion in his country, redressing grievances, reforming the profane, relieving the poor, and raising funds perhaps for charitable uses; but he concluded that all these thoughts of his heart were now at an end, and that he should never have the satisfaction of seeing his designs effected. Note, The period of our days will be the period of all our contrivances and hopes for this world; but, if with full purpose of heart we cleave to the Lord, death will not break off that purpose. Job, being thus put upon new counsels, was under a constant uneasiness (Job 17:12): The thoughts of his heart being broken, they changed the night into day and shortened the light. Some, in their vanity and riot, turn night into day and day into night; but Job did so through trouble and anguish of spirit, which were a hindrance, (1.) To the repose of the night, keeping his eyes waking, so that the night was as wearisome to him as the day, and the tossings of the night tired him as much as the toils of the day. (2.) To the entertainments of the day. “The light of the morning is welcome, but, by reason of this inward darkness, the comfort of it is soon gone, and the day is to me as dismal as the black and dark night,” Deuteronomy 28:67. See what reason we have to be thankful for the health and ease which enable us to welcome both the shadows of the evening and the light of the morning.

_ _ 2. All his expectations from this world would very shortly be buried in the grave with him; so that it was a jest for him to think of such mighty things as they had flattered him with the hopes of, Job 5:19; Job 8:21; Job 11:17. “Alas! you do but make a fool of me.”

_ _ (1.) He saw himself just dropping into the grave. A convenient house, an easy bed, and agreeable relations, are some of those things in which we take satisfaction in this world: Job expected not any of these above ground; all he felt, and all he had in view, was unpleasing and disagreeable, but under ground he expected them. [1.] He counted upon no house but the grave (Job 17:13): “If I wait, if there be any place where I shall ever be easy again, it must be in the grave. I should deceive myself if I should count upon any out-let from my trouble but what death will give me. Nothing is so sure as that.” Note, In all our prosperity it is good to keep death in prospect. Whatever we expect, let us be sure to expect that; for that may prevent other things which we expect, but nothing will prevent that. But see how he endeavours not only to reconcile himself to the grave, but to recommend it to himself: “It is my house.” The grave is a house; to the wicked it is a prison-house (Job 24:19, Job 24:20); to the godly it is Bethabara, a passage-house in their way home. “It is my house, mine by descent, I am born to it; it is my father's house. It is mine by purchase. I have made myself obnoxious to it.” We must everyone of us shortly remove to this house, and it is our wisdom to provide accordingly; let us think of removing, and send before to our long home. [2.] He counted upon no quiet bed but in the darkness: “There,” says he, “I have made my bed. It is made, for it is ready, and I am just going to it.” The grave is a bed, for we shall rest in it in the evening of our day on earth, and rise from it in the morning of our everlasting day, Isaiah 57:2. Let this make good people willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary and sleepy, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should they not go willingly, when their father calls? “Nay, I have made my bed, by preparation for it, have endeavoured to make it easy, by keeping conscience pure, by seeing Christ lying in this bed, and so turning it into a bed of spices, and by looking beyond it to the resurrection.” [3.] He counted upon no agreeable relations but what he had in the grave (Job 17:14): I have cried to corruption (that is, to the grave, where the body will corrupt), Thou art my father (for our bodies were formed out of the earth), and to the worms there, You are my mother and my sister, to whom I am allied (for man is a worm) and with whom I must be conversant, for the worms shall cover us, Job 21:26. Job complained that his kindred were estranged from him (Job 19:13, Job 19:14); therefore here he claims acquaintance with other relations that would cleave to him when those disowned him. Note, First, We are all of us near akin to corruption and the worms. Secondly, It is therefore good to make ourselves familiar with them, by conversing much with them in our thoughts and meditations, which would very much help us above the inordinate love of life and fear of death.

_ _ (2.) He saw all his hopes from this world dropping into the grave with him (Job 17:15, Job 17:16): “Seeing I must shortly leave the world, where is now my hope? How can I expect to prosper who do not expect to live?” He is not hopeless, but his hope is not where they would have it be. If in this life only he had hope, he was of all men most miserable. “No, as for my hope, that hope which I comfort and support myself with, who shall see it? It is something out of sight that I hope for, not things that are seen, that are temporal, but things not seen, that are eternal.” What is his hope he will tell us (Job 19:25), Non est mortale quod opto, immortale petoI seek not for that which perishes, but for that which abides for ever. “But, as for the hopes you would buoy me up with, they shall go down with me to the bars of the pit. You are dying men, and cannot make good your promises. I am a dying man, and cannot enjoy the good you promise. Since, therefore, our rest will be together in the dust, let us all lay aside the thoughts of this world and set our hearts upon another.” We must shortly be in the dust, for dust we are, dust and ashes in the pit, under the bars of the pit, held fast there, never to loose the bands of death till the general resurrection. But we shall rest there; we shall rest together there. Job and his friends could not agree now, but they will both be quiet in the grave; the dust of that will shortly stop their mouths and put an end to the controversy. Let the foresight of this cool the heat of all contenders and moderate the disputers of this world.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 17:10

Come — And renew the debate, as I see you are resolved to do.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 17:10

But as for (l) you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.

(l) Job speaks to the three who came to comfort him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
do ye return:

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness [is] in it.
Malachi 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

for I:

Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt [them].
Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? [what] understandest thou, which [is] not in us?
Job 32:9 Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Job 42:7 And it was [so], that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right, as my servant Job [hath].
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
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Jb 6:29; 15:9; 17:4; 32:9; 42:7. Mal 3:18. 1Co 1:20; 6:5.

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