Job 15:12

12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,

Job 15:12 in Other Translations

12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
12 Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash,
12 What has taken away your reason? What has weakened your vision,
12 Why do you let your emotions take over, lashing out and spitting fire,
12 Why has your heart misled you, and why do your eyes flash

Job 15:12 Meaning and Commentary

Job 15:12

Why doth thine heart carry thee away?
&c.] To such conceit of thyself, and contempt of others, and even to slight the consolations of God; the heart, being deceitful and wicked, sometimes carries away good men to say and do those things which are unbecoming; and if, in any instance, this was Job's case, it was owing to his own heart, which carried him beyond due bounds; for whenever any man is "tempted" to do evil, "he is drawn away of his own lust", and enticed, ( James 1:14 ) ;

and what do thine eyes wink at;
conniving at and shutting his eyes against his own sins and iniquities, unwilling to see them, and be convinced of them, and own them; or shutting them against the charges and reproofs of his friends, and all the light and evidence with which they came; or rather as carelessly attending to them, and scoffing and sneering at them: some render it, "what do thine eyes aim at" F3? as men, when they take an aim at a mark, wink with or shut one eye; what are thy designs? what hast thou in view? what wouldest thou be at, talking and behaving in such a manner as thou dost?


F3 (Nwmz) "collimant", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; so Broughton.

Job 15:12 In-Context

10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.
11 Are God’s consolations not enough for you, words spoken gently to you?
12 Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash,
13 so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?
14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?

Cross References 1

  • 1. Job 11:13; Job 36:13
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