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Job 42:5

5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Read Job 42:5 Using Other Translations

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

What does Job 42:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 42:5

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear
From his ancestors, who in a traditionary way had handed down from one to another what they knew of God, his will and worship, his works and ways; and from those who had the care of his education, parents and tutors, who had instilled the principles of religion, and the knowledge of divine things, into him very early; and from such as might instruct in matters of religion in a public manner; and both by ordinary and extraordinary revelation made unto him, as was sometimes granted to men in that age in which Job lived; see ( Job 4:16 Job 4:17 ) ( 33:14-16 ) . Though he had heard more of God through his speaking to him out of the whirlwind than ever he did before, to which he had attentively listened; and the phrase, hearing by or with the hearing of the ear, denotes close attention; see ( Ezekiel 44:5 ) ;

but now mine eye seeth thee;
thy Shechinah, as Jarchi; thy divine glory and Majesty; the Logos, the Word or Son of God, who now appeared in an human form, and spake to Job out of the whirlwind; and whom he saw with the eyes of his body, as several of the patriarchs had seen him, and which is the sense of an ancient writer F14; though no doubt he saw him also with the eyes of his understanding, and had a clearer sight of his living Redeemer, the Messiah, than ever he had before; and saw more of God in Christ, of his nature, perfections, and glory, than ever he had as yet seen; and what he had heard of him came greatly short of what he now saw; particularly he had a more clear and distinct view of the sovereignty, wisdom, goodness, and justice of God in the dealings of his providence with the children of men, and with himself, to which now he humbly submitted.


F14 Euseb. Demonstr. Evangel. l. 1. c. 5. p. 11.
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