Job 9:19
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New International Version
If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?

New Living Translation
If it's a question of strength, he's the strong one. If it's a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?

English Standard Version
If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

New American Standard Bible
"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

King James Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

International Standard Version
"Is this a contest of strength? He is obviously stronger! Is this a matter of justice? Who can sue him?

NET Bible
If it is a matter of strength, most certainly he is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, he will say, 'Who will summon me?'

New Heart English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, he is mighty. And if of justice, who will summon him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it is a matter of strength, then he is the mighty one. If it is about justice, who will charge me with a crime?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If it be a matter of strength, lo, He is mighty! And if of justice, who will appoint me a time?

New American Standard 1977
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one!
            And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we were to speak of his strength, he is certainly strong; and if of his judgment, who shall cause us to meet?

King James 2000 Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of justice, who shall set me a time to plead?

American King James Version
If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

American Standard Version
If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who,'saith he , will summon me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.

Darby Bible Translation
Be it a question of strength, lo, [he is] strong; and be it of judgment, who will set me a time?

English Revised Version
If we speak of the strength of the mighty, lo, he is there! and if of judgment, who will appoint me a time?

Webster's Bible Translation
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

World English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty! If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'

Young's Literal Translation
If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
18"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness. 19"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? 20"Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.…
Cross References
Job 9:4
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

Job 9:33
"There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
Treasury of Scripture

If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

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Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

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1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness …

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Job 9:32,33 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should …

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty …

Job 33:5-7 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up…

(19) If I speak of strength.--All this is the most uncompromising acknowledgment of the absolute inability of man to stand in judgment before God. The whole of this is so very abrupt and enigmatical that it is extremely difficult to be sure of the argument, though naturally the general drift of it is obvious enough. "If it were a trial of strength--Who is Almighty?--and if it was a matter of judgment, is He not judge and court together? and what authority that He would acknowledge could give me the opportunity of pleading my cause before Him? Were I righteous, my own mouth would show me wicked; were I perfect, then would it or He prove me perverse. Were I perfect, I should not know myself, or know it myself. I despise my life under such conditions; therefore, said I, it is all one: He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked alike."

Verse 19. - If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong. Still the idea is, "How can I contend with God? If it is to be a trial of strength, it is he who is strong, not I; if it is to be a suit, or pleading for justice, who will appoint me a day?" And if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? (comp. below, ver 33). If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong,.... Or think of it, or betake myself to that, and propose to carry my point by mere force, as some men do by dint of power and authority they are possessed of; alas! there is nothing to be done this way; I am a poor, weak, feeble creature in body, mind, and estate; I am not able to contend with so powerful an antagonist on any account, in any way: God is strong, he is the "most strong" (w), as some render it; he is mighty, is the Almighty; the weakness of God is stronger than men; there is no disputing with God upon the foot of strength:

and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? If I think and propose to put things upon the foot of justice, to have the cause between us issued in that way, I cannot expect to succeed by right, any more than by might; he is so strictly just and holy, that no righteousness and holiness of, mine can stand before him; he is God, and I a man, and therefore not fit to come together in judgment; and he a pure and holy Being, just and true, and without iniquity, and I a sinful polluted creature; and besides, there is none superior to him, that I can appeal unto, none that can appoint a place, or fix a time, for the hearing of the cause between us, or that can preside in judgment and determine the matter in controversy; nay, there is not one among the creatures that can be a daysman, an arbiter or umpire; yea not one that can be so much as employed as council, that can take the cause in hand, and plead it, and be a patron for me, and defender of me; so that, let me take what course I will, I am sure to be nonsuited and worsted, see Jeremiah 49:19.

(w) "robustissimus est", V. L. 19. Umbreit takes these as the words of God, translating, "What availeth the might of the strong?" "Here (saith he) behold! what availeth justice? Who will appoint me a time to plead?" (So Jer 49:19). The last words certainly apply better to God than to Job. The sense is substantially the same if we make "me" apply to Job. The "lo!" expresses God's swift readiness for battle when challenged.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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