Who [is] he that hideth counsel without
&c.] It may be understood, and supplied, as it is by Cocceius, "thou didst say"; as the Lord had said, or to this purpose, (See Gill on Job 38:2); to which Job here replies, I am the foolish man that has done it, I own it with sorrow, shame, and confusion: or it may be interpreted as condemning every other man that should act the like part. Schultens understands this as spoken by Job of God, and renders the words,
``who is this that seals up counsel, which cannot be known?''the counsels, purposes, and decrees of God are sealed up by him, among his treasures, in the cabinet of his own breast, and are not to be unsealed and unlocked by creatures, but are impenetrable to them, past finding out by them, and not to be searched and pried into; and so the secret springs of Providence are not to be known, which Job had attempted, and for which he condemns himself;
therefore have I uttered that I understood not;
concerning the providential dealings of God with men, afflicting the righteous, and suffering the wicked to prosper, particularly relating to his own afflictions; in which he arraigned the wisdom, justice, and goodness of God, as if things might have been better done than they were; but now he owns his ignorance and folly, as Asaph did in a like case, ( Psalms 73:22 ) ;
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not;
things out of his reach to search into, and beyond his capacity to comprehend; what he should have gazed upon with admiration, and there have stopped. The judgments of God are a great deep, not to be fathomed with the line of human understanding, of which it should be said with the apostle, "O the depth", ( Romans 11:33 ) Job ought to have done as David did, ( Psalms 131:1 ) ; of which he was now convinced, and laments and confesses his folly.