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Job 32:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Beware lest ye say, We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; God will rout him, not man.’
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; *God will make him yield, not man.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom. GOD, must put him to flight, not man.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lest ye say, We have found wisdom, God doth thrust him away, not man.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Lest you should say: We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Lest ye should say, We haue found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— lest ye should say, We have found that we have added wisdom to the Lord.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: El thrusteth him down, not man.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
ye should say, 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
We have found out 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.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
wisdom: 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
“Ėl אֵל 410
{0410} Prime
Shortened from H0352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity).
thrusteth him down, 5086
{5086} Prime
A primitive root; to shove asunder, that is, disperse.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
man. 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 32:13

_ _ This has been so ordered, “lest you should” pride yourselves on having overcome him by your “wisdom” (Jeremiah 9:23, the great aim of the Book of Job); and that you may see, “God alone can thrust him down,” that is, confute him, “not man.” So Elihu grounds his confutation, not on the maxims of sages, as the friends did, but on his special commission from God (Job 32:8; Job 33:4, Job 33:6).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 32:6-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 32:13

Left — God thus left you to your own weakness, lest you should ascribe the conquering or silencing of Job to your own wisdom. God — This is alleged by Elihu, in the person of Job's three friends; the sense is, the judgments which are upon Job, have not been brought upon him by man originally, but by the hand of God, for his gross, though secret sins: but, saith Elihu, this argument doth not satisfy me, and therefore bear with me if I seek for better.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 32:13

Lest ye should say, We have (h) found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

(h) Flatter yourselves as though you had overcome him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Genesis 14:23 That I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Judges 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that [are] with thee [are] too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
Isaiah 48:5 I have even from the beginning declared [it] to thee; before it came to pass I shewed [it] thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
Isaiah 48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
Zechariah 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify [themselves] against Judah.


Job 12:2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Job 15:8-10 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? ... With us [are] both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:
Ezekiel 28:3 Behold, thou [art] wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
1 Corinthians 1:19-21 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. ... For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; ... That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.


Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty [are] within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Job 19:6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
Job 19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power [at all] against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
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Gn 14:23. Jg 7:2. Jb 1:21; 2:10; 4:9; 6:4; 12:2; 15:8; 19:6, 21. Is 5:21; 48:5, 7. Jr 9:23. Ezk 28:3. Zc 12:7. Jn 19:11. 1Co 1:19, 27; 3:18.

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