Job 9:20
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New International Version
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

New Living Translation
Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty. Though I am blameless, it would prove me wicked.

English Standard Version
Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.

New American Standard Bible
"Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

King James Bible
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.

International Standard Version
Though I'm in the right, my own mouth will condemn me; though I'm blameless, he'll pronounce me as guilty.

NET Bible
Although I am innocent, my mouth would condemn me; although I am blameless, it would declare me perverse.

New Heart English Bible
Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I am righteous, my own mouth would condemn me. It would declare that I am corrupt even if I am a man of integrity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me; Though I be innocent, He shall prove me perverse.

New American Standard 1977
“Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me;
            Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, he shall prove me perverse.

King James 2000 Bible
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am blameless, it shall also prove me perverse.

American King James Version
If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

American Standard Version
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.

Darby Bible Translation
If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse.

English Revised Version
Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, that also will prove me perverse.

World English Bible
Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

Young's Literal Translation
If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
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. 21"I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.…
Cross References
Job 9:15
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

Job 9:29
"I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

Job 15:6
"Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you.
Treasury of Scripture

If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

justify

Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 32:1,2 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous …

Psalm 130:3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

mine

Job 15:5,6 For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty…

Job 34:35 Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

Job 35:16 Therefore does Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplies words without …

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains …

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

I am perfect

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

it shall

Job 33:8-13 Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard the voice …

Proverbs 17:20 He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

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