Job 9:32
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New International Version
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

New Living Translation
"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.

English Standard Version
For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.

Berean Study Bible
For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.

New American Standard Bible
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

King James Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

Christian Standard Bible
For he is not a man like me, that I can answer him, that we can take each other to court.

Contemporary English Version
God isn't a mere human like me. I can't put him on trial.

Good News Translation
If God were human, I could answer him; we could go to court to decide our quarrel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.

International Standard Version
He's not a man like me, so that I can answer him, or that we can enter into litigation with one another.

NET Bible
For he is not a human being like I am, that I might answer him, that we might come together in judgment.

New Heart English Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, that we should come together in judgment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A human like me cannot answer God, 'Let's take our case to court.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, That we should come together in judgment.

New American Standard 1977
“For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together unto judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in trial.

American King James Version
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

American Standard Version
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I shall not answer a man that is like myself: nor one that may be heard with me equally in judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him; that we should come together in judgment.

English Revised Version
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, that we should come together in judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

World English Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, that we should come together in judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
But if a man like myself -- I answer him, We come together into judgment.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
31then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me! 32For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court. 33Nor is there a mediator between us, to lay his hand upon us both.…
Cross References
Romans 9:20
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”

Job 9:3
If one wished to contend with God, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

Job 9:14
How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?

Job 9:31
then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me!

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever exists was named long ago, and what happens to a man is foreknown; but he cannot contend with one stronger than he.

Treasury of Scripture

For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

not a man

Job 33:12 Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is …

Job 35:5-7 Look to the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than you…

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that …

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan …

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows …

we should

Job 13:18-23 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified…

Job 23:3-7 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!…

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







(32, 33) For he is not a man, as I am . . .--Is not that confession, if we believe that such a daysman as Job longed for has been given, itself a witness that it came from God, and was given by God? The light that has shined upon us was shining then in the heart of Job, and shines for ever in the pages of his book. Job felt, as he had been taught to feel, that in himself there not only was no hope, but no possibility of justification with God, unless there should be an umpire and impartial mediator, who could make the cause of both his own, and reconcile and unite the two in himself. It is useless to inquire what other particular form the aspiration of Job may have taken, or how far he understood and meant what he said; but here are his words, and this is what they must mean, and it is for us to adore the wisdom by which they were taught accurately to correspond with what we know has been given to us by God. We know that a daysman has laid his hand upon us both; and while we see that this is what Job wanted, we cannot but see more plainly that this is what we want. It is to be observed that this word daysman, or judge, is immediately connected with the Scripture phrase, "the day of the Lord," and St. Paul's words, "the day shall declare it" (1Corinthians 3:13).

Verse 32. - For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him; and we should come together in judgment (comp. vers. 2-14). On one of two conditions only, Job thinks, could the contest be even between himself and God.

(1) If God, divesting himself of all his Divine attributes, became man;

(2) if some thirdsman could be found, some umpire or arbitrator, to preside over the contest, and decide it. Neither condition, however, was (he thought) possible; and therefore no satisfactory judgment could take place. Recent commentators observe that the Christian scheme, which Job could not anticipate, provides almost a literal fulfilment of both conditions, since the God who is to judge us is "true Man," and is also a Mediator, or "Thirds-man," between us and the offended Father, with authority to make the final decision, 'the Father having committed all judgment unto the Son "(John 5:22), and" given him authority to execute judgment also'" for the very reason that he is "the Son of man" (John 5:27). For he is not a man, as I am,.... For though the parts and members of an human body are sometimes ascribed to him, yet these are to be understood by an anthropopathy, speaking after the manner of men, there being something in him, which in a figurative sense answers to these; otherwise we are not to conceive of any corporeal shape in him, or that there is any likeness to which he is to be compared: he is a spirit infinite, immortal, immense, invisible, pure and holy, just and true, and without iniquity; whereas Job was but a man, a finite, feeble, mortal creature, and a sinful one; and therefore there being such a vast disparity between them, it was in vain to litigate a point with him, to plead his cause before him, or attempt to vindicate his innocence; the potsherds may strive and contend with the potsherds of the earth their equals, but not with God their Creator, who is more than a match for them; he sees impurity where man sees it not, and can bring a charge against him, and support it, where he thought there was none, and therefore it is a vain thing to enter the lists with him:

that I should answer him; not to questions put by him, but in a judicial way to charges and accusations he should exhibit; no man in this sense can answer him, for one of a thousand he may bring, and men are chargeable with; wherefore Job once and again determines he would not pretend to answer him, as he knew he could not, see Job 9:3,

and we should come together in judgment; in any court of judicature, before any judge, to have the cause between us heard, and tried, and determined; for in what court of judicature can he be convened into? or what judge is there above him, before whom he can be summoned? or is capable of judging and determining the cause between us? there is the high court of heaven, where we must all appear, and the judgment seat of Christ, before which we must all stand; and God is the judge of all, to whom we must come, and by whose sentence we must be determined; but there is no court, no judge, no judgment superior to him and his; there is no annulling his sentence, or making an appeal from him to another; there is no coming together at all, and much less "alike" (p), as some render it, or upon equal terms; the difference between him and his creatures being so vastly great.

(p) "pariter", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius. 32. (Ec 6:10; Isa 45:9).9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.
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