Job 4:12

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a whisper of it.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Private. Heretics pretend such obscure visions, rather to get credit than to edify others. (St. Gregory, v. 18.) (Worthington) Many suppose that Eliphaz was guilty of feigning: but the greatest part think that he had truly seen a vision, but did not draw the proper conclusions from it. (Calmet) Protestants, "Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. "(Haydock)

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
50. For the invisible Son is called ‘the hidden Word,’ concerning Whom John saith, In the beginning was the Word. [John 1, 1] Which he the same person teaches to be ‘hidden’ in that he adds, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. But this ‘hidden Word’ is delivered to the minds of the Elect, when the power of the Only-Begotten Son is made manifest to believers. By ‘the hidden word’ we may also understand the communication of inward Inspiration, concerning which it is said by John, His anointing teacheth you of all things. [1 John 2, 27] Which same inspiration on being communicated to the mind of man lifts it up, and putting down all temporal interests inflames it with eternal desires, that nothing may any longer yield it satisfaction but the things that are above, and that it may look down upon all, that, from human corruption, is in a state of uproar below. And so to hear ‘the hidden word’ is to receive in the heart the utterance of the Holy Spirit. Which same indeed ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
In the present case Eliphaz wants to suggest, in my opinion, that Job has often spoken such words either, perhaps, to drive others to jealousy or with a different intention. You that ask such questions, see whom you resemble. Indeed, if Eliphaz has spoken so in these circumstances without obtaining forgiveness, it will be the same for us. Our situation will be even worse, because we have views similar to those of Eliphaz. And we have the advantage of the proofs the facts provide. We have been allowed to see the real reasons for the misfortunes that happened to Job. Yet we are just like those who believe they found a reason to blame him and to attack him without waiting for the evidence of the facts. - "Commentary on Job 4.12"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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