Job 23:4
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English Standard Version
I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

King James Bible
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

American Standard Version
I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I would set judgment before him, and would fill my mouth with complaints.

English Revised Version
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

Webster's Bible Translation
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 For then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty,

And lift up they countenance to Eloah;

27 If thou prayest to Him, He will hear thee,

And thou shalt pay thy vows.

28 And thou devisest a plan, and it shall be established to thee,

And light shineth upon thy ways.

29 If they are cast down, thou sayest, "Arise!"

And him that hath low eyes He saveth.

30 He shall rescue him who is not guiltless,

And he is rescued by the purity of thy hands.

כּי־אז might also be translated "then indeed" (vid., on Job 11:15), as an emphatic resumption of the promissory והיה (tum erit), Job 22:25; but what follows is really the confirmation of the promise that God will be to him a rich recompense for the earthly treasures that he resigns; therefore: for then thou shalt delight thyself in the Almighty (vid., the primary passage, Psalm 37:4, and the dependent one, Isaiah 58:14; comp. infra, Job 27:10), i.e., He will become a source of highest, heartfelt joy to thee (על as interchanging with בּ by שׂמח). Then shall he be able to raise his countenance, which was previously depressed (נפלוּ, Genesis 4:6.), in the consciousness of his estrangement from God by dearly cherished sin and unexpiated guilt, free and open, confident and joyous, to God. If he prays to Him (תּעתּיר may be thus regarded as the antecedent of a conditional clause, like יברח, Job 20:24), He will hear him; and what he has vowed in prayer he will now, after that which he supplicated is granted, thankfully perform; the Hiph. העתּיר (according to its etymon: to offer the incense of prayer) occurs only in Exodus 8-10 beside this passage, whereas גּזר (to cut in pieces, cut off) occurs here for the first time in the signification, to decide, resolve, which is the usual meaning of the word in the later period of the language. On ותגזר (with Pathach, according to another reading with Kametz-chatuph), vid., Ges. 47, rem. 2. Moreover, the paratactic clauses of Job 22:28 are to be arranged as we have translated them; קוּם signifies to come to pass, as freq. (e.g., Isaiah 7:7, in connection with היה, to come into being). That which he designs (אמר) is successful, and is realized, and light shines upon his ways, so that he cannot stumble and does not miss his aim, - light like moonlight or morning light; for, as the author of the introductory Proverbs, to which we have already so often referred as being borrowed from the book of Job (comp. Job 21:24 with Proverbs 3:8), ingeniously says, ch. Job 4:18 : "The path of the righteous is as the morning light (כּאור נגהּ, comp. Daniel 6:20), which shineth brighter and brighter into the height of day (i.e., noonday brightness)."

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order

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

Job 37:19 Teach us what we shall say to him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare you, that you may be justified.

fill my mouth

Genesis 18:25-32 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked...

Genesis 32:12 And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Exodus 32:12,13 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains...

Numbers 14:13-19 And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them;)...

Joshua 7:8,9 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before their enemies!...

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Daniel 9:18,19 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by your name...

Cross References
Job 13:3
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.

Job 13:18
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.

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

Job 23:5
I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.

Job 40:2
"Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it."

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