Job 13:19
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New International Version
Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.

New Living Translation
Who can argue with me over this? And if you prove me wrong, I will remain silent and die.

English Standard Version
Who is there who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.

New American Standard Bible
"Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.

King James Bible
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone indict me? If so, I will be silent and die.

International Standard Version
Who can oppose me? If they do, I'll be silent and die.

NET Bible
Who will contend with me? If anyone can, I will be silent and die.

New Heart English Bible
Who is he who will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who can make a case against me? If someone could, I'd be silent and die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and die.

New American Standard 1977
“Who will contend with me?
            For then I would be silent and die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is he that will contend with me? For now, if I remain silent, I shall die.

King James 2000 Bible
Who is he that will contend with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall die.

American King James Version
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

American Standard Version
Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the ghost.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is he that will plead against me? let him come: why am I consumed holding my peace?

Darby Bible Translation
Who is he that contendeth with me? For if I were silent now, I should expire.

English Revised Version
Who is he that will contend with me? for now shall I hold my peace and give up the ghost.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall expire.

World English Bible
Who is he who will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is he that doth strive with me? For now I keep silent and gasp.
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
18"Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated. 19"Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die. 20"Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face:…
Cross References
Job 7:21
"Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."

Job 9:3
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

Job 10:8
'Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?

Job 13:20
"Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face:

Isaiah 50:8
He who vindicates Me is near; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand up to each other; Who has a case against Me? Let him draw near to Me.
Treasury of Scripture

Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

that will plead

Job 19:5 If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against …

Job 33:5-7,32 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up…

Isaiah 50:7,8 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: …

Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.

if I hold

Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish …

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

(19) If I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.--A marvellous confession, equivalent to, "If I give up my faith in Him who is my salvation, and my personal innocence, which goes hand-in-hand therewith, I shall perish. To give up my innocence is to give up Him in whom I hold my innocence, and in whom I live."

Verse 19. - Who is he that will plead with me? Will God himself plead? Or will he depute some one, man or angel? Job is impatient that the pleadings should begin. For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. Some translate, "For now shall I hold my peace and give up the ghost," which they explain to mean, "If God does implead me, I shall take refuge in silence, and straightway expire." But this seems an impossible conclusion, when all that Job has been aiming at and striving for since his opponents taxed him with wickedness has been that he might "speak to the Almighty, and reason with God" (ver. 3). It is far simpler to keep to the translation of the Authorized Version, and understand Job to mean that things have now reached a point at which he must either speak or expire. Who is he that will plead with me,.... Enter the lists with him; dispute the point, and try the strength of his arguments he had to plead for his own justification: thus Christ, the head of the church, and the surety of his people, is represented as speaking when he had by his obedience and sufferings made satisfaction for them, by bringing in an everlasting righteousness, and was, as their public and federal head, justified and acquitted, Isaiah 1:4; and much the same words are put into the mouth of a believer in him, and are expressed by him, Romans 8:33; who stands acquitted from all charges that men or devils, friends or foes, the law or justice of God, the devil and his own unbelieving heart, at any time, can bring against him. Job, well knowing the uprightness of his heart and life, the justness of his cause depending between him and his friends, boldly challenges them to come forth, and try it with him; or rather he seems desirous that God himself would take the case in hand, and plead with him; he was ready to engage with him, and in the presence of his friends, and in their hearing; and doubted not of being acquitted before God, and at his bar; so satisfied was he of his own innocence as to the things charged upon him:

for now, if I hold my peace, I shall give up the ghost; his sense seems to be, that if he was not allowed to speak for himself, and plead his cause, and have a hearing of it out, he could not live, he could not contain himself, he must burst and die; nor could he live under such charges and calumnies, he must die under the weight and pressure of them; though some think that this not only expresses his eagerness and impatience to have his cause tried fairly before God, but contains in it an argument to hasten it, taken from the near approach of his death: "for now", in a little time, "I shall be silent" (w); be in the silent grave: "I shall expire"; or die; and then it will be too late; therefore if any will plead with me, let them do it immediately, or I shall be soon gone, and then it will be all over: or rather the sense is, I challenge anyone to reason the matter, and dispute the point with me; and I promise that, if the cause goes against me, "now will I be silent"; I will not say one word more in my vindication: "I will die"; or submit to any death, or any sort of punishment, that shall be pronounced upon me; I shall patiently endure it, and not complain of it, or object to the execution of it; so Sephorno.

(w) "nune enim silebo et expirabo", Cocceius; so Schmidt, Schultens. 19. if, etc.—Rather, "Then would I hold my tongue and give up the ghost"; that is, if any one can contend with me and prove me false, I have no more to say. "I will be silent and die." Like our "I would stake my life on it" [Umbreit].13:13-22 Job resolved to cleave to the testimony his own conscience gave of his uprightness. He depended upon God for justification and salvation, the two great things we hope for through Christ. Temporal salvation he little expected, but of his eternal salvation he was very confident; that God would not only be his Saviour to make him happy, but his salvation, in the sight and enjoyment of whom he should be happy. He knew himself not to be a hypocrite, and concluded that he should not be rejected. We should be well pleased with God as a Friend, even when he seems against us as an enemy. We must believe that all shall work for good to us, even when all seems to make against us. We must cleave to God, yea, though we cannot for the present find comfort in him. In a dying hour, we must derive from him living comforts; and this is to trust in him, though he slay us.
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