New International Version
If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'
New Living Translation
If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him? Who dares to ask, 'What are you doing?'
English Standard Version
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
New American Standard Bible
"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'
King James Bible
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
Holman Christian Standard Bible
If He snatches something, who can stop Him? Who can ask Him, "What are You doing?"
International Standard Version
Indeed, if he snatches someone away, who could restrain him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'
If he snatches away, who can turn him back? Who dares to say to him, 'What are you doing?'
GOD'S WORD® Translation
He takes something away, [but] who can stop him? Who is going to ask him, 'What are you doing?'
JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, He snatcheth away, who can hinder Him? Who will say unto Him: 'What doest Thou?'
New American Standard 1977
“Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, ‘What art Thou doing?’
Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he shall take away, who can cause him to restore? Who shall say unto him, What doest thou?
King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What do you?
American King James Version
Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What do you?
American Standard Version
Behold, he seizeth the prey , who can hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he taketh away: who will hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou?
English Revised Version
Behold, he seizeth the prey, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What doest thou?
World English Bible
Behold, he snatches away. Who can hinder him? Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?'
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, 'What dost Thou?'
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
9:1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt the justice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; for how should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty of sins more than could be counted; and if God should contend with him in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, of all the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore he deserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Job mentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints. We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know not what he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which no creature can resist. Those who think they have strength enough to help others, will not be able to help themselves against it.
Verse 12. - Behold, he taketh away; rather, he seizeth the prey (see the Revised Version). The expression is much stronger than that used in Job 1:21. Job seems to be smarting under the recollection of all that he has lost, and takes an aggrieved tone. Who can hinder him? (comp. Isaiah 45:9; Jeremiah 18:6; Romans 19:20). Who will say unto him, What doest thou? To have to do with such an irresistible Being, alone in his might, would indeed be terrible if, while absolutely powerful, unchecked and uncontrolled from without, he were not also absolutely good, and therefore controlled and checked by a law from within. This, however, Job, in his present mood, does not seem clearly to see.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Behold, he taketh away,.... There are some things God never takes away from his people; he never takes away his love from them, he always rests in that towards them, let them be in what condition they will; he never takes away his grace from them, when once bestowed on them, or wrought in them; he never takes away his special gifts of grace, particularly the unspeakable gift of his son Christ Jesus, which is that good part, when chosen, which shall not be taken away; nor any of the spiritual blessings wherewith they are blessed in Christ; these are irreversible and irrevocable: but temporal blessings he takes away at pleasure; so he had taken away the children, the servants of Job, his substance, wealth, and riches, and also his bodily health, to which he may have a particular respect; yea, when it pleases him, he takes a man out of the world, as the Targum and Gersom interpret it:
who can hinder him? he does what he pleases in heaven and earth; his will is irresistible, his power is uncontrollable; there is no turning his mind, nor staying his hand, nor turning it back; when he works, none can let or hinder. Mr. Broughton translates it, "who shall make him restore?" (l) if a man takes away what he has no right to, he may be obliged by law to restore it; but whatever God takes away he has a right unto, be it relations and friends, health or wealth; if he pleases he can restore, and does; and as he did to Job, to whom he after gave twice as much as he had before; but then he is not obliged to do it, none can force him to it:
who will say unto him, what doest thou? not one that knows what God is, or that knows himself a creature of his; no person will choose or dare to ask what God does, or why he does this and not another thing, or why this in the manner he does it; for he gives no account of his matters to the sons of men, nor is he obliged to it, and it would be insolent in them to require it, see Job 33:13; this expresses his sovereignty.
(l) So Beza, Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
12. If "He taketh away," as in my case all that was dear to me, still a mortal cannot call Him to account. He only takes His own. He is an absolute King (Ec 8:4; Da 4:35).
Job 9:12 Additional Commentaries
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
…11"Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him. 12"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?' 13"God will not turn back His anger; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.…
One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?"
though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
"If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?
Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
"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'?
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"
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