Job 9:16
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New International Version
Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.

New Living Translation
And even if I summoned him and he responded, I'm not sure he would listen to me.

English Standard Version
If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.

New American Standard Bible
"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.

King James Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I summoned Him and He answered me, I do not believe He would pay attention to what I said.

International Standard Version
"Were I to be summoned, and he were to answer me, I wouldn't even believe that he was listening to what I have to say.

NET Bible
If I summoned him, and he answered me, I would not believe that he would be listening to my voice--

New Heart English Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me, yet I wouldn't believe that he listened to my voice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I cried out and he answered me, I do not believe that he would listen to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I had called, and He had answered me; Yet would I not believe that He would hearken unto my voice--

New American Standard 1977
“If I called and He answered me,
            I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who if I were to invoke him, and he answered me; yet I would not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

King James 2000 Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

American King James Version
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had listened to my voice.

American Standard Version
If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if he should hear me when I call, I should not believe that he had heard my voice.

Darby Bible Translation
If I had called, and he had answered me, I would not believe that he hearkened to my voice, --

English Revised Version
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he hearkened unto my voice.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet I would not believe that he had hearkened to my voice.

World English Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me, yet I wouldn't believe that he listened to my voice.

Young's Literal Translation
Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear to my voice.
Verse 16. - If I had called, and he had answered me. "If," that is, "I had challenged God to a controversy, and he had granted it, and bidden me to plead my cause at his bar, yet could I not suppose that he had really hearkened to me, and would allow me boldly to stand up before him and freely to challenge his doings. Such condescension on his part, such an abnegation of his supremacy, is inconceivable, and could not have acted on it." Yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice; rather, yet could I not believe. It was not that he would not have wished, but that he would not have been able, to believe. If I had called, and he had answered me,.... Mr. Broughton reads the words, "if I cry, will he answer me?" as if Job had some doubt upon his mind whether God would vouchsafe to answer him, though he should make his supplication to him, as he proposed; seeing he had so sorely afflicted him, and still continued his hand upon him; or the words may be rendered, "though I have called, and he has answered" (q), in times past. Job was a praying person, he had often prayed to God in his closet, and in his family, for himself, and for his children, and for his friends, and he had found God to be a God hearing and answering prayer, but seems to question whether he would answer him now, if he did pray to him:

yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice, or "would hearken" (r), at this time, and under the present circumstances; or should he, the mercy would be so great, that he could hardly believe it; so sometimes through joy men cannot believe what they hear and see, as the apostles, when Christ appeared to them after his resurrection; or as it was with the Jews returned from Babylon, they were like them that dream, they could scarcely tell whether their deliverance was a real fact, or whether they only dreamed of it, see Luke 24:41; so Job intimates, that should he pray to God, and be heard and delivered, it would be so astonishing and transporting, that at first he should not be able to give credit to it; or, however, he should not believe that it was for his prayers and supplications, for any worth and value, virtue and efficacy, there was in them, that he was heard; but it must be purely for his mercy's sake, for the sake of the mediation of Christ, and because these prayers were the breathings of his own spirit: or else the sense is, that though he had heard and answered him formerly, when he prayed in a supplicating way, yet if he should contend with him in a judicial way, and insist upon his own righteousness, and present his supplication to God on that account, he could never expect to be heard; and, indeed, he could not believe he should be heard on any account, so long as his present sufferings lasted; which seems to be the sense of what follows, where he gives his reasons for such belief, or rather unbelief.

(q) "etiamsi clamavi et respondit mihi", Schmidt. (r) "quod exauditurus esset", Schmidt. 16, 17. would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice—who breaketh me (as a tree stripped of its leaves) with a tempest.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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