4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind
4 Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,
4 "Don't you even know the basics, how things have been since the earliest days, when Adam and Eve were first placed on earth?
4 "Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,
4 "Don't you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 20:4
Commentary on Job 20:1-9
(Read Job 20:1-9)
Zophar's discourse is upon the certain misery of the wicked. The triumph of the wicked and the joy of the hypocrite are fleeting. The pleasures and gains of sin bring disease and pain; they end in remorse, anguish, and ruin. Dissembled piety is double iniquity, and the ruin that attends it will be accordingly.