Job 10:4

4 Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees?

Job 10:4 in Other Translations

4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
4 Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees?
4 Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them?
4 You don't look at things the way we mortals do. You're not taken in by appearances, are you?
4 Do You have eyes of flesh, or do You see as a human sees?

Job 10:4 Meaning and Commentary

Job 10:4

Hast thou eyes of flesh?
&c.] God has eyes, but not fleshly ones; he has eyes of love, grace, and mercy, which are always upon his people for good, and are never withdrawn from them; and he has eyes of displeasure and wrath on sinful men, to destroy them; these are not made of flesh, or like the eyes of flesh and blood, or of men; fleshy eyes cannot see at any great distance, and only in one place at a time, and only one object after another; they cannot see in the dark, and what they are, and only outward objects; and in these they are sometimes deceived, and at length fail: but the eyes of God see all things, at the greatest distance; he looks down from heaven, and beholds all the children of men on earth, and all their actions; his eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good; he can see in the dark as well as in the light, the darkness and the light are both alike to him; he beholds not only outward actions and visible objects, but the hearts of men, and all that is in them; nor is he ever deceived, nor will his sight ever fail: though Job, perhaps, may mean carnal eyes; that is, evil ones, as especially envious ones are: "is thine eye evil?" ( Matthew 20:15 ) ; that is, envious; and it is as if Job should say, dost thou envy me my former prosperity and peace, that thou searchest so narrowly into my conduct to find iniquity in me, and take advantage against me?

or seest thou as man seeth?
look with hatred and envy, as one man does upon another: so seemed the dispensations of God towards Job, as if he did, as he suggests.

Job 10:4 In-Context

2 I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me.
3 Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
4 Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees?
5 Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a strong man,
6 that you must search out my faults and probe after my sin—

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Samuel 16:7; Job 11:11; Job 14:16; Job 24:23; Job 28:24; Job 31:4; Job 34:21; Job 41:11; Psalms 11:4; Psalms 33:15; Psalms 119:168; Psalms 139:12; Proverbs 5:21; Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 11:20-23; Jeremiah 16:17
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