Job 23:5
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New International Version
I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me.

New Living Translation
Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.

English Standard Version
I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.

New American Standard Bible
"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.

King James Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would learn how He would answer me; and understand what He would say to me.

International Standard Version
I know how he would answer me; I understand what he'll tell me.

NET Bible
I would know with what words he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want to know the words he would use to answer me. I want to understand the things he would say to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I would know the words which he would answer me and understand what he would say unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

American King James Version
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

American Standard Version
I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That I might know the words that he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

Darby Bible Translation
I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

English Revised Version
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

World English Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would tell me.

Young's Literal Translation
I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-7 Job appeals from his friends to the just judgement of God. He wants to have his cause tried quickly. Blessed be God, we may know where to find him. He is in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself; and upon a mercy-seat, waiting to be gracious. Thither the sinner may go; and there the believer may order his cause before Him, with arguments taken from his promises, his covenant, and his glory. A patient waiting for death and judgment is our wisdom and duty, and it cannot be without a holy fear and trembling. A passionate wishing for death or judgement is our sin and folly, and ill becomes us, as it did Job.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - I would know the words which he would answer me. It would be a satisfaction to Job in his present mood to know exactly how God would answer him, what reply he would make to his "arguments." The tone of thought is too bold for a creature, and would certainly not be becoming in Christians. And understand what he would say unto me. Here we have another of the redundant second clauses, which merely echo the idea contained in the previous clause.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I would know the words which he would answer me,.... Being a God hearing and answering prayer, who always hears, and sooner or later answers the petitions of his people in his own way; and which when he does, they know, take notice, and observe it: or then he should know the reason why the Lord contended with him, and what were his sins and transgressions, which were the cause of his afflictions; things he had desired to know, but as yet had no answer, see Job 10:2;

and understand what he would say unto me; what judgment he would pass upon him, what sentence he would pronounce on him, whether guilty or not, and by which judgment he was content to stand or fall; as for men's judgment, the judgment of his friends, or to be judged by them, he required it not, as he did not understand upon what ground they went, or that it was a good one; but the judgment of God he should pay a deference to, as being always according to truth, and the reason of which, when he should have a hearing before him, and a decisive sentence by him, he should clearly perceive; see 1 Corinthians 4:3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. he—emphatic: it little matters what man may say of me, if only I know what God judges of me.

Job 23:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Responds: He Longs for God
4"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments. 5"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me. 6"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.…
Cross References
Job 23:4
I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:6
Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.
Treasury of Scripture

I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

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Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

Job 13:22,23 Then call you, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer you me…

Job 42:2-6 I know that you can do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld …

1 Corinthians 4:3,4 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, …

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