Job 40:9
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New International Version
Do you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his?

New Living Translation
Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his?

English Standard Version
Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?

New American Standard Bible
"Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?

King James Bible
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you have an arm like God's? Can you thunder with a voice like His?

International Standard Version
Do you have strength like God? Can you create thunder with a sound like he can?"

NET Bible
Do you have an arm as powerful as God's, and can you thunder with a voice like his?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do you have power like God's? Can you thunder with a voice like his?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

King James 2000 Bible
Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

American King James Version
Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

American Standard Version
Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And hast thou an arm like God, and canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

English Revised Version
Or hast thou an arm like God? and canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like his?

World English Bible
Or do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like him?

Young's Literal Translation
And an arm like God hast thou? And with a voice like Him dost thou thunder?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

40:6-14 Those who profit by what they have heard from God, shall hear more from him. And those who are truly convinced of sin, yet need to be more thoroughly convinced and more humbled. No doubt God, and he only, has power to humble and bring down proud men; he has wisdom to know when and how to do it, and it is not for us to teach him how to govern the world. Our own hands cannot save us by recommending us to God's grace, much less rescuing us from his justice; and therefore into his hand we must commit ourselves. The renewal of a believer proceeds in the same way of conviction, humbling, and watchfulness against remaining sin, as his first conversion. When convinced of many evils in our conduct, we still need convincing of many more.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Hast thou an arm like God? The might of God's arm is often dwelt upon in Scripture. He brought Israel out of Egypt ,' with a mighty hand and stretched-out arm" (Deuteronomy 5:15; Deuteronomy 7:19, etc.). "Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand," says one of the psalmists (Psalm 89:13). "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord!" says Isaiah (Isaiah 51:9). No human strength, not the strength of all men put together, can compare with it. Or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? (comp. Job 38:34, 35; and for the idea of thunder being the actual "voice of God," see Job 37:4, 5; Psalm 68:33; Psalm 77:18, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hast thou an arm like God?.... Such power as he has, which is infinite, almighty, and uncontrollable, and therefore there is no contending with him; as he has an arm on which good men may lean on and trust in, and by which they are supported, protected, and saved, so he has an arm to crush like a moth all that strive with him or against him;

or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? thunder is his voice; see Job 37:4, &c. and is expressive of his power, Job 26:14; and his powerful voice may be observed in calling all things out of nothing into being in creation; in commanding and ordering all things in providence according to his pleasure; and in quickening sinners through his Gospel, by his Spirit and grace in conversion, and will be in calling men out of their graves and summoning them to judgment at the last day. God can both overpower and out voice men, and therefore it is in vain to oppose him and contend with him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. arm—God's omnipotence (Isa 53:1).

thunder—God's voice (Job 37:4).

Job 40:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Humbles Himself Before God
8"Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9"Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His? 10"Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.…
Cross References
Job 37:5
God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Psalm 29:3
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

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'?

Jeremiah 50:24
I set a trap for you, Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured because you opposed the LORD.

Ezekiel 10:5
The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Job 37:4,5 After it a voice roars: he thunders with the voice of his excellency; …

Psalm 39:3-9 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then …

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