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Job 15:18

What wise men have told, And have not concealed from their fathers,
New American Standard Version

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Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Job, Book of;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Which wise men have told from their fathers - Which they have received from their ancestors and communicated to others. Knowledge among the ancients was communicated chiefly by tradition from father to son. They had few or no written records, and hence, they embodied the results of their observation in brief, sententious maxims, and transmitted them from one generation to another.

And have not hid it - They have freely communicated the result of their observations to others.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-15.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Which wise men have told from their fathers,.... Men wise in the best sense, not to do evil, but to do good; not worldly wise men, but such who have wisdom, sound wisdom in the inward parts; who are wise to salvation, and who are partakers of divine and spiritual wisdom; and such men, as they would never tell an untruth, so they would never report a false or a foolish thing they had heard, nor any thing but upon a good testimony, what they have received from their fathers, who were also wise and good men; and therefore such a testimony, though not ocular, but by tradition, deserves regard:

and have not hid it; their fathers did not hide it from them, and what they have received from their fathers they did not hide it from their children; and so it came to be handed down from one to another with great truth, exactness, and certainty, and to be depended upon, see Psalm 44:1.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-15.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Rather, “and which as handed down from their fathers, they have not concealed.”

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-15.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:

Hid — They judged it to be so certain and important a truth, that they would not conceal it in their own breasts.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-15.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid [it]:

Ver. 18. Which wise men have told from their fathers] Who have carefully and faithfully transmitted it as a doctrinal truth to us, their posterity, from hand to hand. For in Job’s time it is likely that the Scriptures were not yet written. Which, or, which things wise men Who did, in their generations, Deum recte cognoscere et colere, rightly know and worship God, which is the highest wisdom, saith Lactantius.

Have told] Have spoken it so plainly and plentifully, as if they had showed us the things acted before our eyes.

From their fathers] Who were careful to instil good instructions and heavenly truths into the minds of their children, their familiars, and families, as did Abraham, Genesis 18:17-19, and others according to God’s own appointment, Deuteronomy 6:1-2

And have not hid it] But communicated it for the good of many. Light is diffusive of itself. Knowledge is perfected while it is communicated. The more you teach and impart to others, eo ditior ac doctior fias, saith one, the richer and more skilfull you become (Bodin. Theat. Nat. p. 9). It is not the pouring out which drieth up the streams of grace, like that oil, 2 Kings 4:6. See Proverbs 11:24-25, Psalms 78:2-4.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 15:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Wise men; who are most able to be witnesses and judges in these matters.

From their fathers, or ancestors; who diligently observed this, and carefully transmitted their own judgment and experience successively to their posterity.

Have not hid it; they judged it to be so certain and important a truth, that they would not conceal it in their own breasts, but made conscience of publishing it for the instruction and comfort of succeeding ages.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 15:18". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-15.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Wise. Protestants, "which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it," chap. viii. 8. The authority of tradition was then very great; and why should it now be despised? (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-15.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:

'Which, as handed down from their fathers, wise men have told, and have not concealed.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-15.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) Which wise men have told from their fathers.—Here he adopts the language of Bildad (Job 8:8), appealing both to his own experience and that of universal tradition in an age prior to civil commotion and foreign disturbance.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-15.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
from their
10; 8:8; Psalms 71:18; 78:3-6; Isaiah 38:19
Reciprocal: Job 13:1 - ear

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 15:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-15.html.