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Job 17:10

"But come again all of you now, For I do not find a wise man among you.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;  
Dictionaries:
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But as for you all - Ye are too proud, and too full of self-importance, to profit by what ye see. Return - enter into yourselves, consider your ways, go again to school, get back to your own houses, and endeavor to acquire humility and knowledge; for there is not one wise man among you.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-17.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

But as for you all, do you return - This may mean, either, “return to the debate;” or, “return from your unjust and uncharitable opinion concerning me.” The former seems to accord best with the scope of the passage. Tindal renders it, “Get you hence.” Dr. Good, “Get ye hence, and begone, I pray.” Wemyss, “Repeat your discourses as often as you may, I do not find a wise man among you.” It is doubtful, however, whether the Hebrew will bear this construction.

For I cannot find one wise man among you - Perhaps the idea here is, “I have not yet found one wise man among you, and you are invited, therefore, to renew the argument. Hitherto you have said nothing that indicates wisdom. Try again, and see if you can say anything now that shall deserve attention.” If this is the meaning, it shows that Job was willing to hear all that they had to say, and to give them credit for wisdom, if they ever evinced any.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-17.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

Job 17:10

The wise are not always wise:--All the ways of sin and error are ways of folly.
But was not Job censorious and rigid, too bold and adventurous to speak thus concerning men of such gravity, authority, and reputation for wisdom and learning, yea for holiness too, as these three were? Job did not speak this from any ill-will to his friends.

1. It is no fault to speak of men as we find them.

2. A wise man may do or speak that which is a just forfeiture of his present reputation for wisdom.

3. Wise men are rarely to be found. There are store of subtle men, and crafty men there are too many; but the wise man is a rare jewel.

4. Wise men are apt to show themselves unwise in expounding and judging the providences and dealings of God towards men. The works of the most wise God are all right, but few men are wise enough to pick out the right meaning of them. This arises--

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Job 17:10". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/job-17.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But as for you all, do ye return, and come now,.... This is an address to his three friends, all and everyone of them, who he perceived were nettled with his reply, and were either departing, or preparing for a rejoinder; and being conscious of his innocence, and satisfied of the goodness of his cause, and having nothing to fear from them, boldly challenges them to go on with the dispute; for though they were three to one, he was a match for them all; or else he calls upon them to turn and repent of what they had said to him, to relinquish the bad notions and ill opinion they had of him, and to retract their hard speeches and unjust censures, and return to a friendly and amicable conversation; or however, that they would come and sit down quietly, and patiently hear what he had further to say to them for their information and instruction, which they stood in great need of:

for I cannot find one wise man among you; that took his case right, was capable of judging of it, and speaking pertinently to it, and of administering comfort to him in it; they were physicians, but not skilful ones; comforters, but miserable ones; had not the tongue of the learned, to speak a word in season; disputants, but wranglers, and knew not where the pinch of the controversy lay; and their arguments were weak and worthless, and their judgment and sense of things not deserving any regard, see 1 Corinthians 6:5.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But as for l you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.

(l) Job speaks to the three who came to comfort him.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-17.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

return — If you have anything to advance really wise, though I doubt it, recommence your speech. For as yet I cannot find one wise man among you all.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-17.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

Come — And renew the debate, as I see you are resolved to do.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-17.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 17:10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you.

Ver. 10. But as for you all, do you return, &c.] Change your minds, as Malachi 3:18, and close with me, lay aside your prejudiced opinions, deliver up yourselves to my discipline, who am ready to teach you things both weighty and necessary, Siquis culturae patientum accommodet aurem.

For I cannot find one wise man amongst you] Nihil hic ex odio dicit, saith an interpreter. This Job speaketh not out of hatred to their persons, but freely uttereth that which he was persuaded to be the truth, and wisheth them a better understanding of the thing controverted between himself and them at this time. Now it is no fault to speak of men as we find them. See 1 Corinthians 6:5, "I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?" and yet, Job 10:15, "I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say."

Oυδεις ανθρωπων αυτος απαντα σοφος (Theog.).

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 17:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-17.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 17:10. But as for you all, &c.— Now, therefore, recollect yourselves, all of you, and consider, I pray you: cannot I find one wise man among you? Heath and Houbigant. See ch. Job 6:28.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 17:10". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-17.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Return, and come now, i.e. come now again, (as this phrase is oft used,) and renew the debate, as I see you are prepared and resolved to do, and I am ready to receive you. Or, return into yourselves, and consider my cause again; peradventure your second thoughts may be wiser.

One wise man, to wit, in this matter. None of you speak like wise or good men, but like rash and heady persons; you censure me as a rotten hypocrite, and misjudge of God’s ways, and condemn the generation of God’s children upon frivolous grounds.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 17:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-17.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.Return’ now — “The friends of Job, irritated by his vehement words, threaten to retire.” — Renan. He challenges his retreating friends to continue the argument, at least to hear what he has to say, in the meantime reminding them of the little understanding they have thus far displayed. (Job 17:4.)

For Nevertheless.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-17.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Job 17:10. But as for you all — Who have charged me so heavily. Do you return and come now — Recollect yourselves: reflect on what I have said, and consider my cause again; peradventure your second thoughts may be wiser. For I cannot find one wise man among you — Namely, as to this matter. None of you judge truly of my case; nor speak like wise and good men; but, like rash and inconsiderate persons, you censure me as a hypocrite, judge erroneously of God’s ways, and condemn the generation of his children on false grounds and frivolous pretences.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 17:10". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-17.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Man. He offers to dispute with them again, and convince them of folly; (Menochius) or rather he here concludes his address to them, and invites them to change their preposterous judgments.

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

"But come again all of you now, for I do not find a wise man among you": Here he challenges all of his friends to another round of debate and is prepared to take them on, fully aware that they are totally lacking in wisdom.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

you. So some codices, with Syriac and "Vulgate, which Authorized Version and Revised Version followed. Other codices read "them".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-17.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

Return - if you have anything to advance really wise, though I doubt it, recommended your speech. For as yet I cannot find one wise man among you all. As often so-ever as ye return to your speeches with me, I shall always find you speaking folly.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-17.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) But as for you all, do ye return.—This is probably said with irony. “Come again and renew the argument between us; but I shall not be able to find a wise man among you. I am willing to listen to your argument, but I am confident as to the result of it.”

For I cannot find.—Rather, and I shall not find: i.e., if ye renew the argument.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-17.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
do ye return
6:29; Malachi 3:18
for I
4; 15:9; 32:9; 42:7; 1 Corinthians 1:20; 6:5
Reciprocal: Job 15:27 - he covereth;  Job 18:3 - Wherefore;  Job 26:3 - counselled

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 17:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-17.html.