Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 36:4

"For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Falsehood;   God Continued...;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Wisdom of God, the;  
Dictionaries:
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Omniscience of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elihu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Job, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

My words shall not be false - My words shall be truth without falsity.

He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee - "The perfection of knowledge is with thee." Thou art a sensible, well-informed man, and will be able to judge of what I say.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-36.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For truly my words shall not be false - This is designed to conciliate attention. It is a professed purpose to state nothing but truth. Even in order to vindicate the ways of God he would state nothing but what would bear the most rigid examination. Job had charged on his friends a purpose “to speak wickedly for God;” to make use of unsound arguments in vindicating his cause, (see the notes at Job 13:7-8), and Elihu now says that “he” will make use of no such reasoning, but that all that he says shall be founded in strict truth.

He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee - This refers undoubtedly to Elihu himself, and is a claim to a clear understanding of the subject. He did not doubt that he was right, and that he had some views which were worthy of their attention. The main idea is, that he was of “sound” knowledge; that his views were not sophistical and captious; that they were founded in truth, and were worthy, therefore. of their profound attention.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-36.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For truly my words shall not be false,.... But strictly true; he would take the utmost care to say nothing but the truth, with the greatest impartiality and sincerity, so that what was said might be depended upon; truth spoken briefly, clearly, and on so important a subject as the righteousness of God, deserved attention;

he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee; meaning either God, whose knowledge is perfect, who knows all persons and things; knows himself, his nature, persons, and perfections; his thoughts, counsels, and purposes; all his creatures, angels and men; the hearts of all men, their thoughts, words, and works; he, the omniscient and omnipresent God was with Job, from whose presence there is no fleeing; and therefore it became him to be careful of his thoughts, words, and actions; that he did not entertain any unbecoming thoughts of God, and say anything unworthy of him, or do anything that tended to his dishonour; since he was present with him, and nothing could escape his notice: or else Elihu means himself; suggesting, that he who undertook to speak for God and plead his cause, and clear him from the charge of unrighteousness, was no novice, but one that thoroughly understood the point in hand; and though no man is perfect in knowledge in an absolute sense, yet may be in comparison of others; or however may be upright and sincere in his knowledge; which sense the word used often has; and so it may signify, that as he was a sincere searcher after knowledge, and had through divine goodness attained to a competent share of it, even of sound and not superficial knowledge, he should be honest and upright in the communication of it; and this he might choose to observe the more, to excite the attention of Job to what he had to say; though it may be the truest reading of the words is, "perfect knowledge" or "perfection of knowledge is with thee"F11תמים רעות עמך "scientiae perfectae tecum"; so some in Bar Tzemach. , that is, in his own apprehension, so Jarchi; and may be understood either ironically, or rather really, insinuating that Job was a man of such consummate wisdom and knowledge, that he would easily see the force of his reasonings, and the justness of them, and acquiesce in them; and having thus prefaced his discourse, he next enters upon his subject.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-36.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is b perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.

(b) You will perceive that I am a faithful instructor, and that I speak to you in the name of God.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-36.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

I will not “speak wickedly for God,” as the friends (Job 13:4, Job 13:7, Job 13:8) - that is, vindicate God by unsound arguments.

he that is perfect, etc. — Rather, as the parallelism requires, “a man of integrity in sentiments is with thee” (is he with whom thou hast to do). Elihu means himself, as opposed to the dishonest reasonings of the friends (Job 21:34).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-36.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

He, … — Thou hast to do with a God of perfect knowledge, by whom all thy words and actions are weighed.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-36.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 36:4 For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.

Ver. 4. For truly my words shall not be false] I shall deal truly and plainly with thee; my discourse shall be simple and solid, having no better ornament but that of truth; which is like our first parents, most beautiful when naked: it was sin covered them, it is treachery hides this. Aperta veritas clausos etiam oculos ferit, saith one.

He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee] Integer sententiis (Vatab.); meaning himself, who fully understood the business between them, and would faithfully deliver it. There are that hold God to be hereby meant. A pious sense, but not so proper.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 36:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-36.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 36:4. He that is perfect in knowledge Though the perfection of knowledge be with thee: Heath; who thinks that this alludes to Job's sarcasm, chap. Job 12:2.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 36:4". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-36.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I will not speak any thing against my own conscience, nor against truth, either to flatter God, or to vex thee, as thou supposest thy other friends have done, Job 13:7, and elsewhere.

He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. This is meant either,

1. Of God. Thou hast to do with a God of perfect knowledge, by whom all Shy words and actions. are weighed; and therefore hast need to be more wary and circumspect in thy expressions and behaviour. Or rather,

2. Of himself, as the former part of the verse is. And he speaketh of himself in the third person, for modesty’s sake. He speaks not of absolute, but of comparative perfection. And whatsoever perfection of knowledge he had, he doth not ascribe it to himself, but to God’s Spirit, Job 32:8. And the meaning may be this, Thou hast not to do with a novice, but with one who hath accurately considered, and through God’s grace doth fully understand, these matters; therefore hearken to me. But the word rendered

perfect signifieth also sincere, or upright, or right. And this may seem best to agree with the former clause, wherein he saith that he would not speak what he knew to be false; and now he adds, that he was and would be upright in the use of his knowledge, or in the delivery of his opinion in this matter, and not be biassed by any passion or prejudice, either to speak otherwise than he thought, or to judge otherwise than he should.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 36:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-36.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.Perfect in knowledge — Literally, knowledges. In the theodicy which he proposes to Job he claims faultlessness and clearness of perception. (Delitzsch.) The use of the same phrase in Job 37:16, of Deity, leads some to ascribe this attributive here also to God.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-36.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Lie. Every orator will promise to speak the truth, and will do so sometimes to gain credit. (Worthington) --- Shall be. Hebrew, "is with thee." Thou art not devoid of sense, and thou wilt (Calmet) surely approve my reasons, which are suggested by the God of all knowledge. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-36.html. 1859.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Not lacking in self-confidence, Elihu affirmed that his words were true. 36:4 "One who is perfect in knowledge is with you": Is Elihu being overconfident here, or is the "One" under consideration God? "The words may not be as arrogant as they sound; he may simply be claiming a clear understanding, sincerity, and conviction" (Jackson p. 73). Thus Elihu is saying that his teaching would be extensive, humble, true, and it would be comprehensive and sincere.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

I will not "speak wickedly for God," as the friends (Job 13:4; Job 13:7-8) - i:e., vindicate God by unsound arguments.

He that is perfect ... - rather, as the parallelism requires, 'a man of integrity in sentiments [ t

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-36.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) He that is perfect in knowledge.—We may presume that he meant God; but in the Authorised Version it looks very much as though he meant himself. (Comp. Job 37:16.) So apparently Vulg., “perfecta scientia probabitur tibi.”

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-36.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
my
13:4,7; 21:27,34; 22:6-30; Proverbs 8:7,8; 2 Corinthians 2:17
perfect
37:16; Luke 1:3; Acts 24:22; 1 Corinthians 14:20; *marg:; Colossians 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16,17
in
Psalms 49:3; Proverbs 22:20,21
Reciprocal: Job 33:3 - my lips

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 36:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-36.html.