Job 9:15
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New International Version
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

New Living Translation
Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead for mercy.

English Standard Version
Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.

New American Standard Bible
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

King James Bible
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

International Standard Version
Even if I'm in the right, I cannot answer him. I can only appeal for mercy.

NET Bible
Although I am innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my judge for mercy.

New Heart English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make petition to my judge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if I were right, I could not answer [him]. I would have to plead for mercy from my judge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to Him that contendeth with me.

New American Standard 1977
“For though I were right, I could not answer;
            I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who even though I am righteous, yet I would not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

King James 2000 Bible
For, though I were righteous, yet could I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

American King James Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

American Standard Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge.

Darby Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.

English Revised Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to mine adversary.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

World English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make supplication to my judge.

Young's Literal Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
14"How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him? 15"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge. 16"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.…
Cross References
Job 8:5
"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

Job 9:16
"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.

Job 9:20
"Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

Job 9:21
"I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.

Job 10:15
If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.

Job 40:5
"Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more."
Treasury of Scripture

Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

though

Job 10:15 If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not …

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but …

I would

Job 5:8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

Job 8:5 If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

Job 22:27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he shall hear you, and you …

Job 34:31,32 Surely it is meet to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I …

1 Kings 8:38,39 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all …

2 Chronicles 33:13 And prayed to him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, …

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Daniel 9:3,18 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

my judge

Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

(15) Though I were righteous.--He now puts the alternative case: that he were actually righteous; yet even then supplication, and not assertion, would best become him.

Verse 15. - Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer. Even perfect righteousness, so far as possible in a creature, would not enable a non to stand up in controversy with him who "charges his angels with folly" (Job 4:18); and, moreover, to such righteousness Job does not pretend (see Job 7:20, 21). But I would make supplication to my Judge; rather, to mine adversary (see the Revised Version). Prayer is the only rightful attitude of even the best man before his Maker - prayer for mercy, prayer for pardon prayer for grace, prayer for advance in holiness. Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer,.... This is not to be understood of the righteousness of his cause, that Job made no supposition of, but strongly asserted and determined to hold it fast as long as he lived; nor of his evangelic righteousness, the righteousness of faith he was acquainted with, even the righteousness of his living Redeemer, by which he knew he was, and should be, justified; and by which righteousness he could and did answer God, as every believer may, who, making mention of this righteousness, and of this only, such an one may plead the righteousness of Christ with God as his justifying one, and hold it up against all charges brought against him; yea, by presenting this to God by faith, he answers all the demands of the law of God, both with respect to the precepts and penalty of it, it being magnified and made honourable hereby, and all that the justice of God can require, and with which it is entirely satisfied; yea, this righteousness will answer to God for him in a time to come, in the last judgment: but Job speaks of his own legal and civil righteousness, as a good man, and a good magistrate; as the latter, he put on righteousness, and it clothed him; as the former, having grace, the root of the matter, in him, as he calls it, it taught him to live soberly, righteously, and godly; he was a man that feared God, and eschewed evil; and his sense is, that though he should so well behave in every respect, and so order his conversation aright before men that they could have nothing to lay to his charge, yet he would not bring such a righteousness before God, and pretend to answer him with it; for he knew that such a righteousness is no righteousness in the sight of God, in the eye of his law, and in the account of divine justice, being not only imperfect, but impure; not only rags, but filthy ones, attended with many sins, as well as imperfections; wherefore no good man will put his cause before God on such an issue, however he may before men; nay, Job seems to carry this point yet further, that though he had a sinless righteousness of his own, and were as righteous as Adam before his fall, or the holy angels in heaven, yet he would not insist upon such a righteousness before God, or pretend to answer him with it; for he knew that the inhabitants of the heavens, and so man in his paradise on earth, in his best estate, were not pure in his sight, but chargeable with folly and imperfection, in comparison of him: and when he says he could not "answer" him, his meaning is not that he would not answer to a question that was asked him, but that he would not answer him in a judicial way; that, if he should prefer a bill against him, he would not put in at answer to it, though he knew nothing by himself, and could not charge himself with anything wrong in thought, word, or deed; yet if God charged him with it, he would not reply against him, he would not contradict him, he would not answer again, or litigate the point with him, but give it up; because, though he might not know he had done any thing amiss, or there was imperfection in him, yet God, who was greater than his heart, and knows all things, is the heart searching and rein trying God, he knew better than he did, and therefore was determined to submit to him, and be set down by him what he was:

but I would make supplication to my Judge: that is, to God, the Judge of the whole earth; and who is particularly the Judge of his own people, their Patron and Defender, their Judge and Lawgiver, who will save them; for though he is a just God, and a righteous Judge, yet a Saviour; and it is one of the privileges of his people that they can come to him, not only as the God of all grace, and as their God and Father in Christ, but to him as to God the Judge of all, Hebrews 12:23; and lay their case before him, and entreat his protection; and this Job chose to do rather than contend with him; for by "supplication" prayer is meant, as it frequently is in both Testaments; and it signifies such prayer as consists of petitions for grace and mercy, or for things to be bestowed in a way of grace and mercy; not according to merit, but mercy; not for works of righteousness done, but through the favour and good will of God; and which prayer is put up in an humble supplicant manner, acknowledging a man's unworthiness, that he is not deserving of the least of mercies, nor expects any on account of any worth or worthiness in him, or his services; and in such a way a man prevails more with God, and is most likely to succeed, than by contending with him in a judicial way. Jacob had power with God and prevailed, but it was by weeping and supplication, see Hosea 12:4; so Mr. Broughton reads the words,"my would crave pity of my Judge.''Some render it, "my adversary" (p), the opposite party in a court of judicature, whom he would not contest with, but supplicate, and in the way make up matters with him. Job seems resolved to take such a method Christ advises to in civil cases, Matthew 5:24.

(p) "in jus me vocanti", Cocceius; "ei qui mecum judicatur", i.e. "parti meae adversae", Gussetius, p. 880. 15. (Job 10:15). Though I were conscious of no sin, yet I would not dare to say so, but leave it to His judgment and mercy to justify me (1Co 4:4).9:14-21 Job is still righteous in his own eyes, ch. 32:1, and this answer, though it sets forth the power and majesty of God, implies that the question between the afflicted and the Lord of providence, is a question of might, and not of right; and we begin to discover the evil fruits of pride and of a self-righteous spirit. Job begins to manifest a disposition to condemn God, that he may justify himself, for which he is afterwards reproved. Still Job knew so much of himself, that he durst not stand a trial. If we say, We have no sin, we not only deceive ourselves, but we affront God; for we sin in saying so, and give the lie to the Scripture. But Job reflected on God's goodness and justice in saying his affliction was without cause.
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