Job 33:13
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New International Version
Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one's words?

New Living Translation
So why are you bringing a charge against him? Why say he does not respond to people's complaints?

English Standard Version
Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s words’?

New American Standard Bible
"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

King James Bible
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do you take Him to court for not answering anything a person asks?

International Standard Version
Why are you arguing with him? He doesn't have to give explanations for what he does to you!

NET Bible
Why do you contend against him, that he does not answer all a person's words?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you quarrel with him since he doesn't answer any questions?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why dost thou strive against him? For he will not answer all of thy words.

King James 2000 Bible
Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

American King James Version
Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

American Standard Version
Why dost thou strive against him, For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words?

Darby Bible Translation
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

English Revised Version
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

World English Bible
Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore against Him hast thou striven, When for all His matters He answereth not?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice and goodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour, we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable to us. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strive with a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts with perfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceive it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Why dost thou strive against him? Why dost thou insist on taking the attitude of one who contends with God, who would fain enter into a controversy with him, and force him to plead in his own defence? It is not alone his omnipotence that makes such conduct folly, but his remoteness, his inaccessibility. He cannot be forced to make answer; it is not his wont to do so; he giveth not account of any of his matters. It is presumptuous to suppose that God will condescend to reveal himself from heaven and make answer to thy overbold challenges.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Why dost thou strive against him?.... A creature against the Creator, a man against his Maker, the clay against the potter; how absurd and stupid is this! and a piece of weakness and folly it was in him to desire to litigate the point with God, and dispute with him, as he often did, when men cannot answer him one of a thousand, as he himself owned, Job 9:3; and very sinful and criminal it is to chide with God, or complain of him, on account of any of his dealings with the sons of men, as well as it is vain and fruitless:

for he giveth not account of any of his matters; he is a sovereign Being, and does what he pleases in nature, providence, and grace, and is not accountable to any for what he does; in things temporal, he does all after the counsel of his will; he bestows riches and honours, wealth and health, gifts of natural wisdom and knowledge on some, and withholds them from others; and each of these are his own, and he may do with them as he pleases: so likewise in things spiritual, he loves, chooses, redeems, regenerates, calls by his grace, and brings to glory whom he thinks fit; the blessings of grace and glory are his own, and he disposes of them as seems good in his sight; and in all respects he acts according to his will in heaven and in earth; none can stay his hand, or hinder him from doing his pleasure; and none ought to say to him, what dost thou? or why dost thou thus? or, if they do, he is not obliged to give any reasons for his so doing. Some take this to be the thing Job strove and contended with God about, that he did not, and because he did not give an account of all his matters, or answer all his words; and particularly he did not show to him wherefore he contended with him; and others think the meaning is, that God does not reveal all his secrets to men, but only as much as he thinks fit to acquaint them with; secret things belong to him, and things revealed to men; the secrets of his own nature, and the modes of subsistence of the divine Persons in the Godhead, the secret reasons of divine predestination of men to life or death, and of his dealings with men in a providential way, afflicting the righteous, and suffering the wicked to prosper.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. (Isa 45:9).

his matters—ways. Our part is, not to "strive" with God, but to submit. To believe it is right because He does it, not because we see all the reasons for His doing it.

Job 33:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
12"Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man. 13"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings? 14"Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it.…
Cross References
Romans 9:20
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"

Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Job 40:2
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'The potter has no hands'?
Treasury of Scripture

Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

strive

Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

Job 15:25,26 For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens himself …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Jeremiah 50:24 I have laid a snare for you, and you are also taken, O Babylon, and …

Ezekiel 22:14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that …

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found …

Acts 9:4,5 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, …

1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

giveth not account. Heb. answereth not

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which …

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye …

Acts 1:7 And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, …

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

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