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

New Living Translation
"Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?"

English Standard Version
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

New American Standard Bible
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."

King James Bible
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who argues with God give an answer.

International Standard Version
"Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him? Let God's accuser answer."

NET Bible
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!"

New Heart English Bible
"Shall he who argues contend with Shaddai? He who argues with God, let him answer it."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Will the person who finds fault with the Almighty correct him? Will the person who argues with God answer him?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall he that reproveth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

New American Standard 1977
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
            Let him who reproves God answer it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? Let him that disputes with God answer this.

King James 2000 Bible
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

American King James Version
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

American Standard Version
Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he that will contend with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth +God, let him answer it.

English Revised Version
Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? he that argueth with God, let him answer it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

World English Bible
"Shall he who argues contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it."

Young's Literal Translation
Is the striver with the Mighty instructed? The reprover of God, let him answer it.
Study Bible
Job Humbles Himself Before God
1Then the LORD said to Job, 2"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it." 3Then Job answered the LORD and said,…
Cross References
Job 9:3
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

Job 10:2
"I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me.

Job 13:3
"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.

Job 23:4
"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 31:35
"Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written,

Job 33:13
"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

Job 40:1
Then the LORD said to Job,

Job 40:3
Then Job answered the LORD and said,

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands '?
Treasury of Scripture

Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Shall

Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is …

Isaiah 45:9-11 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Isaiah 50:8 He is near that justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand …

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

instruct

Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him …

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? …

he that reproveth

Job 3:11,12,20,23 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when …

Job 7:12,19-21 Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me…

Job 9:17,18,32-35 For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause…

Job 10:3-7,14-17 Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise …

Job 13:21-27 Withdraw your hand far from me: and let not your dread make me afraid…

Job 14:16,17 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin…

Job 16:11-21 God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the …

Job 19:6-11 Know now that God has overthrown me, and has compassed me with his net…

Job 27:2 As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who …

Job 30:21 You are become cruel to me: with your strong hand you oppose yourself …

Ezekiel 18:2 What mean you, that you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, …

Matthew 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the manager of the house,

Romans 9:19-23 You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has …

Romans 11:34-36 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor…

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(2) Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him?--Rather, Can he that reproveth (e. g., Job) contend with the Almighty? or, Can the contending with the Almighty instruct Him? "Art thou prepared still to dispute and contend with God? or, if thou dost, is there any hope that thou wilt instruct (i.e., convince) Him in argument? Let him that argueth with God (i.e., Job) answer this question." It might, perhaps, tend to make these verses (Job 40:4-5) more effective if we transposed them after Job 42:6, and regarded them as the very climax of the poem, as some have done. But this is not necessary, and is an arrangement that has no support from external evidence. If, however, it were adopted, Job's resolution, "Once have I spoken; but I will speak no more: yea, twice; but I will not again" (Job 40:5), would not be literally inconsistent, as it now is, with what he says in Job 42:1-6.

Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him?.... Is he capable of it? He ought to be that takes upon him to dispute with God, to object or reply to him; that brings a charge against him, enters the debate, and litigates a point with him; which Job wanted to do. But could he or any other instruct him, who is the God of knowledge, the all wise and only wise God; who gives man wisdom, and teaches him knowledge? What folly is it to pretend to instruct him! Or can such an one be "instructed?" as the Targum: he is not in the way of instruction; he that submits to the chastising hand of God may be instructed thereby, but not he that contends with him; see Psalm 94:12. Or should he be one that is instructed? no, he ought to be an instructor, and not one instructed; a teacher, and not one that is taught; he should be above all instruction from God or man that will dispute with the Almighty, The word for instruct has the signification of chastisement, because instruction sometimes comes that way; and then the sense either is, shall a man contend with the Almighty that chastises him? Does it become a son or a servant to strive against a parent or a master that corrects him? Or does not he deserve to be chastised that acts such a part? Some derive the word from one that signifies to remove or depart, and give the sense, shall the abundance, the all sufficiency of God, go from him to another, to a man; and so he, instead of God, be the all sufficient one? Or rather the meaning of the clause is, has there not been much, enough, and more than enough said, Job, to chastise thee, and convince thee of thy mistakes? must more be said? is there any need of it?

he that reproveth God, let him answer it; he that reproves God, for his words, or works, or ways, finding fault with either of them, ought to answer to the question now put; or to any or all of those in the preceding chapters, and not be silent as Job now was. 2. he that contendeth—as Job had so often expressed a wish to do. Or, rebuketh. Does Job now still (after seeing and hearing of God's majesty and wisdom) wish to set God right?

answer it—namely, the questions I have asked.40:1-5 Communion with the Lord effectually convinces and humbles a saint, and makes him glad to part with his most beloved sins. There is need to be thoroughly convinced and humbled, to prepare us for remarkable deliverances. After God had shown Job, by his manifest ignorance of the works of nature, how unable he was to judge of the methods and designs of Providence, he puts a convincing question to him; Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? Now Job began to melt into godly sorrow: when his friends reasoned with him, he did not yield; but the voice of the Lord is powerful. When the Spirit of truth is come, he shall convince. Job yields himself to the grace of God. He owns himself an offender, and has nothing to say to justify himself. He is now sensible that he has sinned; and therefore he calls himself vile. Repentance changes men's opinion of themselves. Job is now convinced of his error. Those who are truly sensible of their own sinfulness and vileness, dare not justify themselves before God. He perceived that he was a poor, mean, foolish, and sinful creature, who ought not to have uttered one word against the Divine conduct. One glimpse of God's holy nature would appal the stoutest rebel. How, then will the wicked bear the sight of his glory at the day of judgment? But when we see this glory revealed in Jesus Christ, we shall be humbled without being terrified; self-abasement agrees with filial love.
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