Job 37:19
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New International Version
"Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.

New Living Translation
"So teach the rest of us what to say to God. We are too ignorant to make our own arguments.

English Standard Version
Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.

New American Standard Bible
"Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.

King James Bible
Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot prepare our case because of our darkness.

International Standard Version
Tell us! What are we to say to him? Can we prepare our case to face him when our faces are in darkness?

NET Bible
Tell us what we should say to him. We cannot prepare a case because of the darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Teach us what we should say to him. We are unable to prepare [a case] because of darkness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Teach us what we should say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech because of darkness.

American King James Version
Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

American Standard Version
Teach us what we shall say unto him; For we cannot set our speech in order by reason of darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shew us what we may say to him : for we are wrapped up in darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
Teach us what we shall say unto him! We cannot order [our words] by reason of darkness.

English Revised Version
Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

World English Bible
Teach us what we shall tell him, for we can't make our case by reason of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Let us know what we say to Him, We set not in array because of darkness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:14-20 Due thoughts of the works of God will help to reconcile us to all his providences. As God has a powerful, freezing north wind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit is compared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, So 4:16. The best of men are much in the dark concerning the glorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divine government. Those who, through grace, know much of God, know nothing, in comparison with what is to be known, and of what will be known, when that which is perfect is come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Teach us what we shall say unto him. Elihu indulges in irony. If thou art so wise as thou pretendest to be, then he pleased to "teach us." We acknowledge our ignorance - we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. Enlighten us, if thou canst.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Teach us what we shall say unto him,.... To this wonder working God, of whose common works of nature we know so little; how we should reason with him about his works of Providence, when we know so little of these:

for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness; by reason of darkness in themselves, which is in all men naturally, and even in the saints in this state of imperfection; and by reason of the clouds and darkness which are about the Lord himself, who is incomprehensible in his nature and perfections; and by reason of the darkness cast about his providential dealings with men, so that they are unsearchable and past finding out; and the best of men are at a loss how to order their speech, or discourse with God concerning these things.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Men cannot explain God's wonders; we ought, therefore, to be dumb and not contend with God. If Job thinks we ought, "let him teach us, what we shall say."

order—frame.

darkness—of mind; ignorance. "The eyes are bewilderingly blinded, when turned in bold controversy with God towards the sunny heavens" (Job 37:18) [Umbreit].

Job 37:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
18"Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror? 19"Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness. 20"Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?…
Cross References
Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Job 9:14
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?

Job 37:20
Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
Treasury of Scripture

Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Teach

Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: …

Job 13:3,6 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God…

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Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard …

Job 28:20,21 From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding…

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

Psalm 73:16,17,22 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me…

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now …

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

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