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Job 42:3–6

i‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,

things jtoo wonderful for me, which I did not know.

‘Hear, and I will speak;

kI will question you, and you make it known to me.’

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,

but now my eye sees you;

therefore I despise myself,

and repent1 in ldust and ashes.”

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Job 42:3–6 — The New International Version (NIV)

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.’

My ears had heard of you

but now my eyes have seen you.

Therefore I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Who is he that hideth counsel

Without knowledge?

Therefore have I uttered that I understood not;

Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak:

I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:

But now mine eye seeth thee.

Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent

In dust and ashes.

Job 42:3–6 — New Living Translation (NLT)

You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’

It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,

things far too wonderful for me.

You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!

I have some questions for you,

and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before,

but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said,

and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Job 42:3–6 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,

Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

Listen, please, and let me speak;

You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,

But now my eye sees You.

Therefore I abhor myself,

And repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — New Century Version (NCV)

You asked, ‘Who is this that made my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?’

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand;

I talked of things too wonderful for me to know.

You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.

I will ask you questions,

and you must answer me.’

My ears had heard of you before,

but now my eyes have seen you.

So now I hate myself;

I will change my heart and life.

I will sit in the dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge?

Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not,

Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak;

I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear;

But now mine eye seeth thee:

Wherefore I abhor myself,

And repent in dust and ashes.

Job 42:3–6 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Who is he that obscureth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered what I did not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and inform me. I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Job 42:3–6 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

You said, ‘Who is this that belittles my advice

without having any knowledge about it?’

Yes, I have stated things I didn’t understand,

things too mysterious for me to know.

You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.

I will ask you, and you will teach me.’

I had heard about you with my own ears,

but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

That is why I take back what I said,

and I sit in dust and ashes to show that I am sorry.”

Job 42:3–6 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

You asked, “Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?”

Surely I spoke about things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.

You said, “Listen now, and I will speak.

When I question you, you will inform Me.”

I had heard rumors about You,

but now my eyes have seen You.

Therefore I take back my words

and repent in dust and ashes.

Job 42:3–6 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

‘Hear, and I will speak;

I will question you, and you declare to me.’

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,

but now my eye sees you;

therefore I despise myself,

and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

‘Who is this darkening counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I uttered, but I did not understand;

things too wonderful for me, but I did not know.

‘Hear and I will speak;

I will question you, then inform me.’

By the ear’s hearing I heard of you,

but now my eye has seen you.

Therefore I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

You asked me, ‘Who do you think you are to disagree with my plans?

You do not know what you are talking about.’

I spoke about things I didn’t completely understand.

I talked about things that were too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.

I will ask you some questions.

Then I want you to answer me.’

My ears had heard about you.

But now my own eyes have seen you.

So I hate myself.

I’m really sorry for what I said about you.

That’s why I’m sitting in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:3–6 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,

Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

Hear, now, and I will speak;

I will ask You, and You instruct me.’

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;

But now my eye sees You;

Therefore I retract,

And I repent in dust and ashes.”