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Job 21:22 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Can any teach *God knowledge? And he it is that judgeth those that are high.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Is it, to GOD, one can teach knowledge, seeing that, he, shall judge, them who are on high?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To God doth [one] teach knowledge, And He the high doth judge?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he iudgeth those that are high.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Is it not the Lord who teaches understanding and knowledge? and does not he judge murders?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Shall [any] teach El knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Shall [any] teach 3925
{3925} Prime
A primitive root; properly to goad, that is, (by implication) to teach (the rod being an Oriental incentive).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
“Ėl אֵל 410
{0410} Prime
Shortened from H0352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity).
knowledge? 1847
{1847} Prime
From H3045; knowledge.
seeing he x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
judgeth 8199
{8199} Prime
A primitive root; to judge, that is, pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication to vindicate or punish; by extension to govern; passively to litigate (literally or figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
those that are high. 7311
{7311} Prime
A primitive root; to be high actively to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 21:22

_ _ Reply of Job, “In all these assertions you try to teach God how He ought to deal with men, rather than prove that He does in fact so deal with them. Experience is against you. God gives prosperity and adversity as it pleases Him, not as man’s wisdom would have it, on principles inscrutable to us” (Isaiah 40:13; Romans 11:34).

_ _ those ... high — the high ones, not only angels, but men (Isaiah 2:12-17).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 21:17-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 21:22

Teach — How to govern the world? For so you do, while you tell him that he must not afflict the godly, nor give the wicked prosperity. That he must invariably punish the wicked, and reward the righteous in this world. No: he will act as sovereign, and with great variety in his providential dispensations. High — The highest persons, on earth, he exactly knows them, and gives sentence concerning them, as he sees fit.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 21:22

Shall [any] teach (l) God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

(l) Who sends to the wicked prosperity and punishes the godly.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Isaiah 40:13-14 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him? ... With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! [Let] the potsherd [strive] with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Romans 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

he judgeth:

Job 34:17-19 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? ... [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.
Psalms 113:5-6 Who [is] like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, ... Who humbleth [himself] to behold [the things that are] in heaven, and in the earth!
Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest regardeth; and [there be] higher than they.
Isaiah 40:22-23 [It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: ... That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
1 Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Revelation 20:1-3 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. ... And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. ... And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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Jb 34:17; 40:2. Ps 113:5. Ec 5:8. Is 40:13, 22; 45:9. Ro 11:34. 1Co 2:16; 6:3. 2P 2:4. Jde 1:6. Rv 20:1, 12.

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