Job 21:22

22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?

Job 21:22 in Other Translations

22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
22 Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?
22 “But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful?
22 "But who are we to tell God how to run his affairs? He's dealing with matters that are way over our heads.
22 Can anyone teach God knowledge, since He judges the exalted ones?

Job 21:22 Meaning and Commentary

Job 21:22

Shall [any] teach God knowledge?
&c.] Who is a God of knowledge, and knows all things, that teaches men knowledge; will any one take upon him to teach him the path of judgment, and the way of understanding, how he shall govern the world, and dispose of men and things in it? see ( Isaiah 40:13 Isaiah 40:14 ) . Will anyone be so bold and audacious as to pretend to direct and instruct him whom he shall afflict, and whom not, and when he shall do it, and in what manner? should not these things be left to him, who does all things after the counsel of his own will? shall his dealings with men in an outward way of providence be the criterions of the characters and estates of men, as if love and hatred were to be known by those things, and therefore God must be taught what he should do in order to fix them?

seeing he judgeth those that are high;
not the high heavens, as the Targum, nor the angels in them, though he has judged them that sinned, and cast them down to hell; but the high ones on earth, kings, princes, and civil magistrates, such as are in high places, and are lifted up with pride above others: God is above them; he is higher than the highest, and judges them; he is the Judge of all the earth, that will do right, the Governor of the universe, and who overrules all things for his own glory and the good of his creatures; and therefore none should pretend to direct him what is fit and proper to be done by him, who is a Sovereign, and distinguishes men in his providence, in life, and at death, as follows; but their characters, as good or bad men, are not to be determined thereby.

Job 21:22 In-Context

20 Let their own eyes see their destruction; let them drink the cup of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what do they care about the families they leave behind when their allotted months come to an end?
22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?
23 One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease,
24 well nourished in body,bones rich with marrow.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 35:11; Job 36:22; Job 39:17; Psalms 94:12; Isaiah 40:13-14; Jeremiah 32:33; Romans 11:34
  • 2. S Job 4:18; Psalms 82:1; Psalms 86:8; Psalms 135:5
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