Job 19:28
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New International Version
"If you say, 'How we will hound him, since the root of the trouble lies in him,'

New Living Translation
"How dare you go on persecuting me, saying, 'It's his own fault'?

English Standard Version
If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’ and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’

New American Standard Bible
"If you say, 'How shall we persecute him?' And 'What pretext for a case against him can we find?'

King James Bible
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you say, "How will we pursue him, since the root of the problem lies with him?"

International Standard Version
"When you're thinking about asking yourselves, 'How will we pursue him, since the root of the problem is with him?'

NET Bible
If you say, 'How we will pursue him, since the root of the trouble is found in him!'

New Heart English Bible
If you say, 'How we will persecute him.' because the root of the matter is found in me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You say, 'We will persecute him! The root of the problem is found in him.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
If ye say: 'How we will persecute him!' Seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;

New American Standard 1977
“If you say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’
            And ‘What pretext for a case against him can we find?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ye should say, Why should we persecute him, seeing that the root of the matter is found in me?

King James 2000 Bible
But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

American King James Version
But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

American Standard Version
If ye say, How we will persecute him! And that the root of the matter is found in me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then do you say now: Let us persecute him, and let us find occasion of word against him?

Darby Bible Translation
If ye say, How shall we persecute him? when the root of the matter is found in me,

English Revised Version
If ye say, How we will persecute him! seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;

Webster's Bible Translation
But ye would say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

World English Bible
If you say, 'How we will persecute him!' because the root of the matter is found in me,

Young's Literal Translation
But ye say, 'Why do we pursue after him?' And the root of the matter hath been found in me.
Study Bible
Job: My Redeemer Lives
27Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me! 28"If you say, 'How shall we persecute him?' And 'What pretext for a case against him can we find?' 29"Then be afraid of the sword for yourselves, For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, So that you may know there is judgment."…
Cross References
Job 19:22
"Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 19:29
"Then be afraid of the sword for yourselves, For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, So that you may know there is judgment."
Treasury of Scripture

But you should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Why

Job 19:22 Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom you have smitten; and they talk to the …

seeing, etc. or, and what root of matter is found in me? the root

1 Kings 14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of …

in me (Instead of bee, 'in me,' bo, 'in him,' is the reading of more than

(28) Seeing the root of the matter.--This verse is variously understood, according as "the root of the matter" is interpreted of the cause of suffering or the essence of piety. "For ye say, How we will persecute him, and that the root of the matter is found in me." The Authorised Version takes the other view. It seems preferable to render, "For ye say, What is a persecuted man to Him (why should He persecute any man without cause?), and therefore the root of the matter (i.e., the cause of the afflictions) is, i.e., must be found in me."

Verse 28. - But ye should say, Why persecute we him? rather, if ye shall say How shall we persecute him? That is to say, "If, after what I have said, ye continue bitter against me, and take counsel together as to the best way of persecuting me, then, seeing the root of the matter (i.e. the essence of piety) is found in me, be ye afraid," etc. But ye should say,.... Here Job directs his friends what use they should make of this confession of his faith; they should upon this say within themselves, and to one another,

why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? Why should we pursue him with hard words, and load him with censures and reproaches, as if he was an hypocrite, when it appears, by what he says, that he has truth in the inward parts, the true grace of God is in him; that he is rooted in the love of God, and in the person of the Redeemer; that he has the Spirit of God in him, and the divine seed which has taken root in him, and brings forth fruit: or that "the root of the word" (k) is in him; the word of God has a place in him, and is become the ingrafted word; the root doctrines, the principal and fundamental truths of religion, are believed and professed by him, such as respect the incarnation of the Messiah, his resurrection from the dead, and coming to judgment, the resurrection of all the dead in the same body, a future state of happiness, in which saints will enjoy the beatific vision; since these things are firmly believed by him, though he may differ from us in some points about the methods of divine Providence, let us cease from persecuting him any further; see Romans 10:8.

(k) "radix verbi", Montanus, Mercerus, Schmidt, Michaelis; "radix sermonis", Cocceius; "fundamenta negotii salutis", Tigurine version. 28. Rather, "ye will then (when the Vindicator cometh) say, Why," etc.

root … in me—The root of pious integrity, which was the matter at issue, whether it could be in one so afflicted, is found in me. Umbreit, with many manuscripts and versions, reads "in him." "Or how found we in him ground of contention."19:23-29 The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfully wrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession; declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of his hope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said such things are these, declared plainly that he sought the better country, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believe in a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with the expectation of these. Job was assured, that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, was his Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that he was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people. With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May these faithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be in us. A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in the heart, is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religion as the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness and its fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning the methods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of the matter, the belief of another world.
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