Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 12:9

"Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this,
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Atheism;   Design;   Geology;   God;   Philosophy;   Religion;   Wisdom;   Thompson Chain Reference - Creator;   God;   The Topic Concordance - Government;   Nations;   Strength;   Wisdom;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Fishes;  
Dictionaries:
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Proverbs, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Job;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Job, Book of;   Providence;   Purge;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Who knoweth not in all these - Who cannot see in all these the proofs of the same divine and sovereign agency? Who cannot see the hand of the same God and the same great principles of administration? The meaning of Job is, that the position which he defends is so plain, that it may be learned from the very earth and the lowest orders of animals which God has made.

That the hand of the Lord hath wrought this - In this place the original word is יהוה yehovâh On the meaning of the word see the notes at Isaiah 1:2. The Chaldee also renders it here יה yâhh It is remarkable that this is the only place where the name yahweh occurs in poetical parts of the book of Job, in the printed editions. In Job 28:28, yahweh is found in some manuscripts, though the word “Adonai” is in the printed copies. Eichhorn, Einleit. section 644, Note. In Job 12:9, the word yahweh, though found in the printed editions, is missing in nine ancient manuscripts. Dr. John P. Wilson on the “Hope of Immortality,” p. 57. The word yahweh constantly occurs in the historical parts of the book. On the argument derived from this, in regard to the antiquity of the Book of Job, see the introduction, Section 4.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Who knoweth not in all these,.... Or "by" or "from all these"F15בכל אלה "ex omnibus istis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt, Schultens, Michaelis; "per omnia haec", Cocceius; so Broughton. creatures; what man is there so stupid and senseless, that does not discern, or cannot learn, even from irrational creatures, the above things, even what Zophar had discoursed concerning God and his perfections, his power, wisdom and providence? for, by the things that are made, the invisible things of God are clearly seen and understood, even his eternal power and Godhead, Romans 1:20; particularly it may be known by these, and who is it that does not know thereby,

that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? made this visible world, and all things in it, to which Job then pointed as it were with his finger, meaning the heavens, earth, and sea, and all that in them are, which were all created by him: hence he is called the Former and Maker of all things; and which are all the works of his hand, that is, of his power, which is meant by his hand, that being the instrument of action. This is the only place where the word "Jehovah" is used in this book by the disputants.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 12:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-12.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

In all these cases, says Job, the agency must be referred to Jehovah, though they may seem to man to imply imperfection (Job 12:6; Job 9:24). This is the only undisputed passage of the poetical part in which the name “Jehovah” occurs; in the historical parts it occurs frequently.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 12:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-12.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

Lord — This is the only time that we meet with the name Jehovah in all the discourses between Job and his friends. For God in that age was more known by the name of Shaddai, the Almighty.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

Ver. 9. Who knoweth not in all these, &c.] Or, by all these before mentioned creatures, &c., and therefore, Zophar, you have showen no more wisdom in your lofty discourse than the birds, beasts, and fishes have taught and told us. It is a silly vanity to pretend mysteriousness about vulgar truths; to dig deep for that which lieth above ground, Theologia cryptica; to talk of new truths, and never before heard of, when as the hearer may well say, as here, Who knows not such things as these? Of some in these days it is observed, that they call upon their hearers to mark, it may be they shall hear that which they have not heard before; when the thing is either false, or if true, no more than ordinarily is taught by others.

That the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?] That he alone made all without tool or toil, and that he alone manageth and ordereth all according to the good pleasure of his will; neither need he subscribe his name to his work; for the very things that he hath made proclaim that he made them. Meanwhile, hereby we may see how much we are beholden to Aristotle, Aelian, Gesner, and other learned men, who have written books concerning the nature of living creatures.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 12:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-12.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 12:9. Who knoweth not, &c.?— Who knoweth not among all these, that it is the hand of Jehovah which hath made them all? From the word Jehovah's being used in this place, some would infer that the book of Job must be at least posterior to the time of Moses, and written by a Jew: a very weak argument! as there seems no doubt that the name Jehovah was well known to Abraham and the patriarchs; nor was it made known to Moses by God, as a new name which he chose for himself, but as a name referring to the great covenant. See Exodus 3:14-15. Job means in these verses to express his firm opinion, that all animate and inanimate nature clearly bore testimony to the creating power and over-ruling providence of God. See Nehemiah 9:6.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 12:9". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-12.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

In all these, or, by all these, brute creatures, that God by his power and wisdom hath created and ordered all this which is in them, or is done by and among them.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

9.Lord Jehovah. This is the only place in the poetical part of this book (if we except Job 28:28) where the name Jehovah appears. Jehovah, the Self-existent, is the source of life to all these — “the things seen.” Hebrews 11:3. Compare Isaiah 66:2.

This — The totality of creation, corresponding to, but more comprehensive than, “all these;” or better — “the administration of God among his creatures.”

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 12:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-12.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Job 12:9. Who knoweth not in all these — Or, by all these brute creatures; that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this — That God, by his power and wisdom, hath created and ordered all that is in them, or that is done by and among them. Job meant in these verses to express his firm opinion that all animate and inanimate nature clearly bore testimony to the creating power and overruling providence of God: see Nehemiah 9:6. This is the only time that we meet with the name Jehovah in all the discourses between Job and his friends. For God in that age was more known by the name of Shaddai, the Almighty.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 12:9". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-12.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

the hand. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 12:9". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-12.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In all these cases, says Job, the agency must be referred to Yahweh ("the Lord," English version), though they may seem to man to imply imperfection (Job 12:6; Job 9:24). This is the only undisputed passage of the poetical part in which the name "Yahweh" occurs: in the historical parts it occurs frequently.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(9) Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?—This is the only place in the dialogue parts of Job in which the sacred name of Jehovah is found, and Job’s very use of the word in such a context is the clearest evidence of the superior knowledge that he claims. No one of his friends makes use of the name; but Job uses it here, and shows thereby his knowledge of the covenant name.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
Who
3; Acts 19:35
the hand
22:18; Deuteronomy 8:17,18; 1 Samuel 2:7; Jeremiah 27:5,6; Daniel 9:17; 5:18; Romans 11:36; James 2:5-7
Reciprocal: Genesis 2:1 - Thus;  Numbers 26:51 - GeneralJob 13:1 - Lo;  Job 21:16 - Lo;  Psalm 17:14 - belly;  Isaiah 41:20 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 12:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-12.html.