Job 42:4
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New International Version
"You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.'

New Living Translation
You said, 'Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.'

English Standard Version
‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’

New American Standard Bible
'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.'

King James Bible
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You said, "Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform Me."

International Standard Version
Listen now, and I will speak for myself; I'll interrogate you and then inform me.

NET Bible
You said, 'Pay attention, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

New Heart English Bible
You said, 'Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[You said,] 'Listen now, and I will speak. I will ask you, and you will teach me.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, I beseech Thee, and I will speak; I will demand of Thee, and declare Thou unto me.

New American Standard 1977
‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
            I will ask Thee, and do Thou instruct me.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask of thee, and thou shalt cause me to know.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, I ask you, and I will speak: I will question you, and you declare unto me.

American King James Version
Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

American Standard Version
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, and I will speak : I will ask thee, and do thou tell me.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and inform me.

English Revised Version
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will ask of thee, and declare thou to me.

World English Bible
You said, 'Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'

Young's Literal Translation
'Hear, I pray thee, and I -- I do speak, I ask thee, and cause thou me to know.'
Study Bible
Job Submits Himself to God
3'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." 4Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.' 5"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;…
Cross References
Job 38:3
"Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

Job 40:7
"Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

Hear

Genesis 18:27,30-32 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

I will

Job 38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Job 40:7 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

(4) Hear, I beseech thee.--This cannot in like manner be appropriately assigned to Job, but, as in Job 38:3; Job 40:7, must be referred to God; then the confession of Job 42:5-6 comes in very grandly. How much of our knowledge of God is merely hearsay? and it is not till the experimental teaching of the Holy Ghost has revealed God to our consciences that we really see Him with the inward eye. The confession of Job, therefore, is the confession of every converted man. Compare in a much later and very different, and yet analogous sphere, the confession of St. Paul (Galatians 1:16).

Verse 4. - Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me, Job refers to God's words in Job 38:3 and Job 40:7, and realizes the humbling effect which they had had on him. They made him feel how little he knew on the subject of God's works and ways, and how little competent he was to judge them. Hence he bursts into the confession- Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak,.... Not in the manner he had before, complaining of God and justifying himself, but in a way of humble entreaty of favours of him, of confession of sin before him, and of acknowledgment of his wisdom, goodness, and justice in all his dealings with him, which before he arraigned;

I will demand of thee; or rather "I will make petition to thee", as Mr. Broughton renders it; humbly ask a favour, and entreat a gracious answer; for to demand is not so agreeable to the frame and temper of soul Job was now in;

and declare thou unto me; or make him know what he knew not; he now in ignorance applies to God, as a God of knowledge, to inform him in things he was in the dark about, and to increase what knowledge he had. He was now willing to take the advice of Elihu, and pursue it, Job 34:31. 4. When I said, "Hear," etc., Job's demand (Job 13:22) convicted him of being "without knowledge." God alone could speak thus to Job, not Job to God: therefore he quotes again God's words as the groundwork of retracting his own foolish words.42:1-6 Job was now sensible of his guilt; he would no longer speak in his own excuse; he abhorred himself as a sinner in heart and life, especially for murmuring against God, and took shame to himself. When the understanding is enlightened by the Spirit of grace, our knowledge of Divine things as far exceeds what we had before, as the sight of the eyes excels report and common fame. By the teachings of men, God reveals his Son to us; but by the teachings of his Spirit he reveals his Son in us, Ga 1:16, and changes us into the same image, 2Co 3:18. It concerns us to be deeply humbled for the sins of which we are convinced. Self-loathing is ever the companion of true repentance. The Lord will bring those whom he loveth, to adore him in self-abasement; while true grace will always lead them to confess their sins without self-justifying.
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