Job 23:6
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New International Version
Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.

New Living Translation
Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing.

English Standard Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.

New American Standard Bible
"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

King James Bible
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Would He prosecute me forcefully? No, He will certainly pay attention to me.

International Standard Version
"Would he use his great power to fight me? No, he'll pay attention to me.

NET Bible
Would he contend with me with great power? No, he would only pay attention to me.

New Heart English Bible
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Would he sue me and hide behind great legal maneuvers? No, he certainly would press charges against me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Would He contend with me in His great power? Nay; but He would give heed unto me.

New American Standard 1977
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?
            No, surely He would pay attention to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but rather he would put it in me.

King James 2000 Bible
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

American King James Version
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

American Standard Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I would not that he should contend with me with much strength, nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness.

Darby Bible Translation
Would he plead against me with [his] great power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

English Revised Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Would he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

World English Bible
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

Young's Literal Translation
In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth it in me.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
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. 7"There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.…
Cross References
Job 9:3
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

Job 9:4
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

Job 23:5
"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
Treasury of Scripture

Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

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Job 9:19,33,34 If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who …

Job 13:21 Withdraw your hand far from me: and let not your dread make me afraid.

Isaiah 27:4,8 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me …

Ezekiel 20:33,35 As I live, said the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with …

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2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

(6) Plead against me.--Rather, Would he plead with me, or contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would have regard unto me; he would consider my case. Eliphaz had bidden Job to acquaint himself with God, and return unto Him (Job 22:23); Job says there is nothing he longs for more than to come into His presence.

Verse 6. - Will he plead against me with his great power? rather, Would he contend against me in the greatness of his power? (see the Revised Version). Flint is, "Would he crush me by mere strength and force? Would he use against me that overwhelming might which he possesses? No, Job answers, certainly not; but he would put strength in me; or, rather, but he would give heed to me he would pay attention to my cause (comp. Job 4:20, ad fin., where the same verb is used). Will he plead against me with his great power?.... God will not plead against his people at all, but for them: much less will he plead against them with his great strength, use all his power to run them down, crush, and oppress them; for he is a great God, and of great power, he is mighty in strength, and there is no contending with him, or answering of him, Job 9:3; nor will he deal with them according to the strict rigour of his justice, nor stir up all his wrath, nor contend for ever with them in such a way; for then the spirits would fail before him, and the souls that he has made; whatever he does with others, making known his power on the vessels of wrath, he will never act after this manner with the vessels of mercy:

no, but he would put strength in me: to pray unto him, and prevail with him to lay hold on him, and not let him go without the blessing, as Jacob did, Hosea 12:3; or to stand before him, and plead his own cause with him, in such a strong and powerful manner as to bear down all the accusations and charges brought against him: or "he will set his heart upon me" (d); deal mildly and gently, kindly and graciously, and not with his great strength and strict justice; or "will not put sins upon me", as Jarchi, or lay charges to him, however guilty of them, as his friends did, or impute such to him he never committed: God is so far from doing this to his people, that he does not impute their sins to them they have committed, but to his son, much less will he lay upon them more than is right, Job 34:23. Some take the sense of the words to be this, in answer to the above question, "will he plead against me with his great power?" let him do it, "only let him not set upon me" (e), in an hostile way, and then I do not decline entering the debate with him; which expresses great boldness and confidence, and even too much, and must be reckoned among the unbecoming expressions Job was afterwards convinced of; but this he utters in his passion, in order the more clearly to show, and the more strongly to assert, his innocence.

(d) "ipse apponeret ad me animum", Junius & Tremellius; so Piscator, Cocceius, & Aben Ezra. (e) Schultens. 6. An objection suggests itself, while he utters the wish (Job 23:5). Do I hereby wish that He should plead against me with His omnipotence? Far from it! (Job 9:19, 34; 13:21; 30:18).

strength—so as to prevail with Him: as in Jacob's case (Ho 12:3, 4). Umbreit and Maurer better translate as in Job 4:20 (I only wish that He) "would attend to me," that is, give me a patient hearing as an ordinary judge, not using His omnipotence, but only His divine knowledge of my innocence.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.
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