"But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind:
‘Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:
"‘Yet your real motive––I know this was your intent––
"But you never told me about this part. I should have known that there was more to it--
But you kept these things in the secret of your heart; I am certain this was in your thoughts:
Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.
‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart; I know that this was with You:
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1 sn “These things” refers to the affliction that God had brought on Job. They were concealed by God from the beginning.
2 sn The meaning of the line is that this was God’s purpose all along. “These things” and “this” refer to the details that will now be given in the next few verses.
3 sn The contradiction between how God had provided for and cared for Job’s life and how he was now dealing with him could only be resolved by Job with the supposition that God had planned this severe treatment from the first as part of his plan.