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Job 32:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But there is a spirit which is in man; and the breath of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Yet surely, there is a spirit in men, and, the inspiration of the Almighty, giveth them understanding;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Surely a spirit is in man, And the breath of the Mighty One Doth cause them to understand.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But, as I see, there is a spirit in men, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth understanding.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almightie giueth them vnderstanding.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— but there is a spirit in mortals; and the inspiration of the Almighty is that which teaches.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of Shadday giveth them understanding.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 403
{0403} Prime
From H3559 (compare H3651); firmly; figuratively surely; also (adversely) but.
[there is] a spirit 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
in man: 582
{0582} Prime
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
and the inspiration 5397
{5397} Prime
From H5395; a puff, that is, wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect or (concretely) an animal.
of Šadday שַׁדַּי 7706
{7706} Prime
From H7703; the Almighty.
giveth them understanding. 995
{0995} Prime
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 32:8

_ _ Elihu claims inspiration, as a divinely commissioned messenger to Job (Job 33:6, Job 33:23); and that claim is not contradicted in Job 42:4, Job 42:5. Translate: “But the spirit (which God puts) in man, and the inspiration ... is that which giveth,” etc.; it is not mere “years” which give understanding (Proverbs 2:6; John 20:22).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 32:6-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 32:8

Spirit — The spirit of God. Giveth — To whom he pleaseth.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 32:8

But [there is] a spirit in man: (f) and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

(f) It is a special gift of God that man has understanding and comes neither from nature nor by age.

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the inspiration:

Job 4:12-21 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. ... Doth not their excellency [which is] in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
Job 35:11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
Genesis 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, [there is] none so discreet and wise as thou [art]:
1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God [was] in him, to do judgment.
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that [is] on the sea shore.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For [God] giveth to a man that [is] good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to [him that is] good before God. This also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. ... Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
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Gn 41:39. 1K 3:12, 28; 4:29. Jb 4:12; 33:16; 35:11; 38:36. Pv 2:6. Ec 2:26. Dn 1:17; 2:21. 1Co 2:10; 12:8. 2Ti 3:16. Jm 1:5.

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