Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 15:9

"What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?
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;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

What knowest thou - Is it likely that thy intellect is greater than ours; and that thou hast cultivated it better than we have done ours?

What understandest thou - Or, Dost thou understand any thing, and it is not with us? Show us any point of knowledge possessed by thyself, of which we are ignorant.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-15.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

What knowest thou that we know not? - What pretensions or claims to wisdom have you which we have not? We have had, at least, equal advantages, and may be presumed to know as much as you.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-15.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

What knowest thou that we know not?.... Which are pretty near the words of Job to his friends, Job 12:3; and to the same sense is what follows:

what understandest thou which is not in us? in our hearts, minds, and understanding; or among us, which one or other, or all of us, have not: yet all men have not knowledge alike; some that profess themselves to be wise, and to have a large share of knowledge, are fools; and such who think they know something extraordinary, and more than others, know nothing as they ought to know; and such who have gifts of real knowledge have them different one from another; even of the things known there is not a like degree of knowledge, and particularly in spiritual things; some are little children in understanding, some are young men and know more, and some are fathers, and know most of all; an equality in knowledge belongs to another state, to the latter day glory, when the watchmen shall see eye to eye, and all shall know the Lord, from the least to the greatest, and especially to the ultimate glory, when saints will know as they are known.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "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

in us — or, “with us,” Hebraism for “we are aware of.”

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-15.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? [what] understandest thou, which [is] not in us?

Ver. 9. What knowest thou, that we know not?] Here Eliphaz inveigheth against Job’s pride, sed maiori cam fastu, but with greater pride, else what meaneth this arrogant comparison? Did not a deceived heart turn him aside, as the prophet speaketh in another case? and might it not be said of him, as it was once of Antony, That he hated a tyrant, but not tyranny. {See Trapp on "Job 12:3"} {See Trapp on "Job 13:2"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 15:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He retorts upon Job his own expressions, Job 12:3 13:2.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 15:9". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-15.html. 1685.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

"Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father": "Job, though a mature man, should have respect for the wisdom of his elders. From Eliphaz"s vantage point, Job"s contesting of their theology was an inexcusable act of disrespect for the elderly" (Zuck p. 70). "Eliphaz takes personal offense at Job"s contention that he is not inferior to him in knowledge and wisdom. His position and prestige are threatened" (McKenna p. 120). Here is the assumption that being older will naturally mean that one is wiser, yet see Psalm 119:100).

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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/job-15.html. 1999-2014.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

In us - or 'with us;' Hebraism for we are, aware of.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-15.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
knowest
13:2; 26:3,4; 2 Corinthians 10:7; 11:5,21-30
Reciprocal: Job 5:27 - we have searched;  Job 17:10 - for I;  Psalm 119:100 - understand

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 15:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-15.html.