Job 9:3
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English Standard Version
If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.

King James Bible
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

American Standard Version
If he be pleased to contend with him, He cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one for a thousand.

English Revised Version
If he be pleased to contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Webster's Bible Translation
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 9:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

16 He dwells with sap in the sunshine,

And his branch spreads itself over his garden.

17 His roots intertwine over heaps of stone,

He looks upon a house of stones.

18 If He casts him away from his place,

It shall deny him: I have not seen thee.

19 Behold, thus endeth his blissful course,

And others spring forth from the dust.

The subject throughout is not the creeping-plant directly, but the ungodly, who is likened to it. Accordingly the expression of the thought is in part figurative and in part literal, יחזה אבנים בּית (Job 8:17). As the creeper has stones before it, and by its interwindings, as it were, so rules them that it may call them its own (v. Gerlach: the exuberant growth twines itself about the walls, and looks proudly down upon the stony structure); so the ungodly regards his fortune as a solid structure, which he has quickly caused to spring up, and which seems to him imperishable. Ewald translates: he separates one stone from another; בּית, according to 217, g, he considers equivalent to בּינת, and signifies apart from one another; but although חזה equals חזז, according to its radical idea, may signify to split, pierce through, still בּית, when used as a preposition, can signify nothing else but, within. Others, e.g., Rosenmller, translate: he marks a place of stones, i.e., meets with a layer of stones, against which he strikes himself; for this also בּית will not do. He who casts away (Job 8:18) is not the house of stone, but God. He who has been hitherto prosperous, becomes now as strange to the place in which he flourished so luxuriantly, as if it had never seen him. Behold, that is the delight of his way (course of life), i.e., so fashioned, so perishable is it, so it ends. From the ground above which he sprouts forth, others grow up whose fate, when they have no better ground of confidence than he, is the same. After he has placed before Job both the blessed gain of him who trusts, and the sudden destruction of him who forgets, God, as the result of the whole, Bildad recapitulates:

Job 9:3 Parallel Commentaries

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he will contend

Job 9:20,32,33 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse...

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

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

Job 31:35-37 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book...

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath...

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Isaiah 57:15,16 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?

he cannot

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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

Cross References
Job 9:14
How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?

Job 9:32
For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.

Job 10:2
I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me.

Job 13:19
Who is there who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.

Job 23:6
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.

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

Job 40:5
I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further."

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