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Job 42:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; But now mine eye seeth thee:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— By the hearing of the ear, had I heard thee, but, now, mine own eye, hath seen thee.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— By the hearing of the ear I heard Thee, And now mine eye hath seen Thee.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— With the hearing of the ear, I have heard thee, but now my eye seeth thee.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I haue heard of thee by the hearing of the eare: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— I have heard the report of thee by the ear before; but now mine eye has seen thee.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I have heard 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
of thee by the hearing 8088
{8088} Prime
From H8085; something heard, that is, a sound, rumor, announcement; abstractly audience.
of the ear: 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
but now x6258
(6258) Complement
From H6256; at this time, whether adverbial, conjugational or expletive.
mine eye 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
seeth 7200
{7200} Prime
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 42:5

_ _ hearing of the ear — (Psalms 18:44, Margin). Hearing and seeing are often in antithesis (Job 29:11; Psalms 18:8).

_ _ seeth — not God’s face (Exodus 33:20), but His presence in the veil of a dark cloud (Job 38:1). Job implies also that, besides this literal seeing, he now saw spiritually what he had indistinctly taken on hearsay before God’s infinite wisdom. He “now” proves this; he had seen in a literal sense before, at the beginning of God’s speech, but he had not seen spiritually till “now” at its close.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 42:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 42:5

Seeth thee — The knowledge which I had of thy nature, perfections and counsels, was hitherto grounded chiefly, upon the instructions of men; but now it is clear and certain, as being immediately inspired into my mind by this thy glorious apparition and revelation, and by the operation of thy holy spirit; which makes these things as evident to me, as if I saw them with my bodily eyes. When the mind is enlightened by the spirit of God, our knowledge of Divine things as far exceeds what we had before, as knowledge by ocular demonstration, exceeds, that by common fame.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 42:5

I have (e) heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

(e) I knew you only before by hearsay, but now you have caused me to feel what you are to me, that I may resign myself over to you.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 4:12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
Job 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


Job 23:8-9 Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: ... On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold [him]: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see [him]:
Numbers 12:6-8 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, [I] the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, [and] will speak unto him in a dream. ... With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].
John 12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
John 12:45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, ... And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
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Nu 12:6. Jb 4:12; 23:8; 28:22; 33:16. Is 6:1. Jn 1:18; 12:41, 45. Ac 7:55. Ro 10:17.

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