Job 9:4

4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

Job 9:4 in Other Translations

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
4 He is wise in heart and mighty in strength --who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?--
4 For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully?
4 God's wisdom is so deep, God's power so immense, who could take him on and come out in one piece?
4 God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?

Job 9:4 Meaning and Commentary

Job 9:4

[He is] wise in heart
Originally, essentially, truly, really, and perfectly so; he is the only, and the all wise God; his understanding is infinite; he is able to traverse all the schemes of men, in things civil or religious, and disappoint all their devices; for though there be ever so many of them, or be ever so deeply laid, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand; for there is no wisdom, understanding, or counsel against him; and therefore it is in vain to contend with him: he is so wise and knowing, that he sees and knows all that is in man, or is done by him, whether in public or in private; there is not a thought in his heart, nor a word on his tongue, nor an action in his life and conversation, but what he is thoroughly acquainted with; and everyone of these he will bring into judgment: how therefore is it possible that sinful men should be just in the sight of such a wise and holy Being, upon the score of his own righteousness?

and mighty in strength;
he is the most mighty; he is the Almighty; he has a mighty arm and strong hand; and unless a man had a strong arm like him, his own right hand can never save him, or his own righteousness justify him; wherefore, to what purpose is it for a feeble man to contend and strive with him? and since he is not a man, as he is, how should they come together in judgment? and what a vain thing must it he to set a time for it, since, if we speak of strength, lo, he is strong? see ( Job 9:19 Job 9:32 ) ( 40:9-14 ) ;

who hath hardened [himself] against him, and hath prospered?
either by behaving proudly and insolently to him, as Pharaoh, Sennacherib, and others, by speaking hard words against him, as the Jews in the times of Malachi; and such hard speeches ungodly sinners utter against God, Christ, his Gospel, ordinances, people, ways, and worship, of which they will be convinced, and for which they will be condemned at the last judgment; and by bold and daring acts of sin, running upon the thick bosses of his buckler, giving themselves up to commit all uncleanness with greediness, and making a covenant with hell and an agreement with death, and so think themselves safe and secure at all events; but such never prospered and succeeded as they promised themselves, but came to ruin and destruction: or "had peace" F24, or "found quietness", as Mr. Broughton: there is no peace to wicked men, true, solid peace, either here or hereafter; when they cry "Peace", or promise themselves much of it, destruction comes; and if God sets home the guilt of sin upon their consciences, the lead of it is intolerable; it sinks them into despair, and what then will be the worm that dieth not?


F24 (Mlvyw) "et pacem habuit", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius; "et pace frueretur", Cocceius.

Job 9:4 In-Context

2 “Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?
3 Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Job 11:6; Job 28:12,20,23; Job 38:36; Psalms 51:6; Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26
  • 2. ver 19; S Job 5:9; Job 12:13,16; Job 23:6; Job 24:22; Job 26:12; Job 30:18; Psalms 93:4; Psalms 95:3; Proverbs 8:14; Isaiah 40:26; Isaiah 63:1; Daniel 2:20; Daniel 4:35; Job 36:5
  • 3. Jeremiah 50:24
  • 4. S 2 Chronicles 13:12; S Job 5:13
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