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Job 20:4

4 “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankinda was placed on the earth,

Read Job 20:4 Using Other Translations

Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,
“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,

What does Job 20:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 20:4

Knowest thou [not] this of old
Or "from eternity" F7, from the beginning of time, ever since the world was; as if he should say, if you are the knowing man you pretend to be, you must know this I am about to observe; and if you do not know it, you must be an ignorant man, since it is an ancient truth, confirmed by all experience from the creation; not that Job could know it so early, he was not the first man that was born, nor was he made before the hills, but was of yesterday, and comparatively knew nothing; but the sense is, that this about to be delivered was an old established maxim, of which there had been numerous instances,

since man,
or "Adam",

was placed upon earth;
referring to the putting of Adam in Eden to dress the garden, and keep it; and every man, ever since, is placed on earth by the ordination, and according to the will of God, where and for purposes he pleases: the instances Zophar might have in view are perhaps the expulsion of our first parents out of paradise, the vagabond state of Cain, the destruction of the old world by a flood, and of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire from heaven; which show that God, sooner or later, gives manifest tokens of his displeasure at sin and sinners, by his punishment of them for it. What he means is as follows.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 (de ynm) "ab aeterno", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius, Codurcus, Schmidt, Michaelis.
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