Job 32:22

22 for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

Read Job 32:22 Using Other Translations

For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
For I do not know how to flatter, else my Maker would soon take me away.
For if I tried flattery, my Creator would soon destroy me.

What does Job 32:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 32:22

For I know not to give flattering titles
He had not been brought up in such a manner, nor taught to use them; he had not been inured to them, nor did he know or approve of them; nor could he in conscience give them;

[in so doing], my Maker would soon take me away;
it being such a piece of wickedness, so abominable to him, and so highly resented by him, that I might justly expect he would, as he could, strike me dead at once; just as Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead for lying, ( Acts 5:5 Acts 5:10 ) : or he knew that it would be but a short time at most, and he should be taken out of the world by death, when he must appear before his Maker, his Judge, to whom he must give an account of his words, as well as actions; the awe of this being continually on his mind would not admit him to flatter any man. Some render it, "will burn me" F3, as in ( 2 Samuel 5:21 ) ; so Aben Ezra and Ben Gersom, that is, in hell fire; see ( Psalms 12:2 Psalms 12:3 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (ynavy) "comburet me", Pagninus.
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