Job 37:24

24 Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?[a]

Job 37:24 in Other Translations

24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
24 Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit."
24 No wonder people everywhere fear him. All who are wise show him reverence. ”
24 So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all! If you're wise, you'll most certainly worship him."
24 Therefore, men fear Him. He does not look favorably on any who are wise in heart.

Job 37:24 Meaning and Commentary

Job 37:24

Men do therefore fear him
Or should, because of his greatness in power, judgment, and justice; and because of his goodness, in not afflicting for his pleasure's sake, but for the profit of men; and therefore they should reverence and adore him, submit to his will, patiently bear afflictions, serve him internally and externally, with reverence and godly fear;

he respecteth not any [that are] wise of heart;
that are wise in a natural sense: these are not always regarded by God, or are his favourites; neither temporal blessings, nor special grace, or the knowledge of spiritual things, are always given to the wise and prudent, ( Ecclesiastes 9:11 ) ( Matthew 11:25 ) . Or that are wise in their own conceit; there is a woe to such; and there is more hope of a fool than of him, ( Isaiah 5:21 ) ( Proverbs 26:12 ) . Or he is not "afraid" of them F3, as some choose to render the word; he fears not to reprove them and correct them for their faults, or the schemes they form to counterwork him; for he can take them in their craftiness, and carry their counsel headlong. Or "every wise in heart shall not see him" F4: the world by wisdom knows him not; nor can any look into his heart, his thoughts, purposes, and designs, and into the causes and reasons of his actions; nor have those that are truly wise perfect vision and knowledge of him now, ( 1 Corinthians 13:9 1 Corinthians 13:12 ) .


F3 (hary al) "non timebit", Osiander.
F4 "Non videbit eum omuis sapiens corde"; so some in Drusius.

Job 37:24 In-Context

22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
24 Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart? ”

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 22:12; Job 28:28; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Micah 6:8; Matthew 10:28
  • 2. S Job 5:13; Ephesians 5:15; Matthew 11:25

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "for he does not have regard for any who think they are wise."