Job 13:15
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English Standard Version
Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.

King James Bible
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

American Standard Version
Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope: Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Although he should bill me, I will trust in him: but yet I will reprove my ways in his sight.

English Revised Version
Though he slay me, yet will I wait for him: nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though he shall slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my own ways before him.

Job 13:15 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

7 Will ye speak what is wrong for God,

And speak what is deceitful for Him?

8 Will ye be partial for Him,

Or will ye play the part of God's advocates?

9 Would it be pleasant if He should search you out,

Or can ye jest with Him, as one jesteth with men?

10 He will surely expose you

If ye secretly act with partiality.

11 Will not His majesty confound you,

And His fear fall upon you?

Their advocacy of God - this is the thought of this strophe - is an injustice to Job, and an evil service rendered to God, which cannot escape undisguised punishment from Him. They set themselves up as God's advocates (לאל ריב, like לבּעל ריב, Judges 6:31), and at the same time accept His person, accipiunt (as in acceptus equals gratus), or lift it up, i.e., favour, or give preference to, His person, viz., at the expense of the truth: they are partial in His favour, as they are twice reminded and given to understand by the fut. energicum תּשּׂאוּן. The addition of בּסּתר (Job 13:10) implies that they conceal their better knowledge by the assumption of an earnest tone and bearing, expressive of the strongest conviction that they are in the right. They know that Job is not a flagrant sinner; nevertheless they deceive themselves with the idea that he is, and by reason of this delusion they take up the cause of God against him. Such perversion of the truth in majorem Dei gloriam is an abomination to God. When He searches them, His advocates, out (חקר, as Prov.Job 28:11), they will become conscious of it; or will God be mocked, as one mocketh mortal men? Comp. Galatians 6:7 for a similar thought. חתל is inf. absol. after the form תּללּ, and תּהתלּוּ is also to be derived from תּללּ, and is fut. Hiph., the preformative not being syncopated, for תּתלּוּ (Ges. 53, rem. 7); not Piel, from התל (as 1 Kings 18:27), with the doubling of the middle radical resolved (Olsh. in his Lehrb. S. 577). God is not pleased with λατρεία (John 16:2) which gives the honour to Him, but not to truth, such ζῆλος Θεοῦ ἀλλ ̓ ου ̓ κατ ̓ ἐπίγνωσιν (Romans 10:2), such advocacy contrary to one's better knowledge and conscience, in which the end is thought to sanctify the means. Such advocacy must be put to shame and confounded when He who needs no concealment of the truth for His justification is manifest in His שׂאת, i.e., not: in the kindling of His wrath (after Judges 20:38; Isaiah 30:27), but: in His exaltation (correctly by Ralbag: התנשׂאותו ורוממותו), and by His direct influence brings all untruth to light. It is the boldest thought imaginable, that one dare not have respect even to the person of God when one is obliged to lie to one's self. And still it is also self-evident. For God and truth can never be antagonistic.

Job 13:15 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he slay me

Job 13:18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

Job 19:25-28 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day on the earth...

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me...

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.

Romans 8:38,39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come...

but I will

Job 10:7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of your hand.

Job 16:17,21 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure...

Job 23:4-7 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments...

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove my integrity from me.

Job 31:31-37 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied...

Job 40:2,4,5,8 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it...

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

maintain. Heb. prove, or argue

Cross References
Job 7:6
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and come to their end without hope.

Job 13:3
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.

Job 27:5
Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

Jonah 2:1
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,

Habakkuk 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

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