Job 13:3
New International Version
But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.

New Living Translation
As for me, I would speak directly to the Almighty. I want to argue my case with God himself.

English Standard Version
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.

Berean Study Bible
Yet I desire to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God.

New American Standard Bible
"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.

King James Bible
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet I prefer to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God.

Contemporary English Version
But I prefer to argue my case with God All-Powerful--

Good News Translation
But my dispute is with God, not you; I want to argue my case with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet I prefer to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God.

International Standard Version
But I want to talk to the Almighty; and I'm determined to argue my case before God."

NET Bible
But I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.

New Heart English Bible
"Surely I would speak to Shaddai. I desire to reason with God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, I want to speak to the Almighty, and I wish to argue my case in front of God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Notwithstanding I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.

New American Standard 1977
“But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I would speak with the Almighty, and I desired to dispute with God.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

American King James Version
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

American Standard Version
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Nevertheless I will speak to the Lord, and I will reason before him, if he will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet I will speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Darby Bible Translation
But I will speak to the Almighty, and will find pleasure in reasoning with God;

English Revised Version
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

World English Bible
"Surely I would speak to the Almighty. I desire to reason with God.

Young's Literal Translation
Yet I for the Mighty One do speak, And to argue for God I delight.
Study Bible
Job Reproves His Friends
2What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you. 3Yet I desire to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God. 4You, however, smear with lies; you are all worthless physicians.…
Cross References
Job 5:8
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and lay my cause before Him

Job 13:15
Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways to His face.

Job 13:22
Then call me, and I will answer, or let me speak, and You can reply.

Job 23:4
I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:7
Then an upright man could reason with Him, and I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

Job 40:2
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who argues with God give an answer."

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You. Yet I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Treasury of Scripture

Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Surely

Job 13:22
Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

Job 9:34,35
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: …

Job 11:5
But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

I desire

Job 9:3,14,15
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand…

Isaiah 1:18-20
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool…

Isaiah 41:21
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.







Lexicon
Yet
אוּלָ֗ם (’ū·lām)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 199: However, on the contrary

I
אֲ֭נִי (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

desire
אֶחְפָּֽץ׃ (’eḥ·pāṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

to speak
אֲדַבֵּ֑ר (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the Almighty
שַׁדַּ֣י (šad·day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7706: The Almighty

and argue my case
וְהוֹכֵ֖חַ (wə·hō·w·ḵê·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

before
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

God.
אֵ֣ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty
Verses 3-13. - The second section of Job's argument is prefaced, like the first (Job 12:2-5), with a complaint with respect to the conduct of his opponents. He taxes them with the fabrication of lies (ver 4), with want of skill as physicians of souls (ver. 4), with vindicating God by reasonings in which they do not themselves believe (vers. 7, 8), and consequently with really mocking him (ver. 9). Having warned them that they are more likely to offend God than to please him by such arguments as those that they have urged (vers. 10-12), he calls on them to hold their peace, and allow him to plead his cause with God (ver. 13). Verse 3. - Surely I would speak to the Almighty. It is not Job's wish to argue his ease with his three friends, but to reason it out with God. His friends, however, interfere with this design, check it, thwart it, prevent him from carrying it out. He must therefore first speak a few words to them. And I desire to reason with God. Compare God's own invitation to his people, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 1:18), and again, "Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified" (Isaiah 43:26); which indicate God's gracious willingness to allow men to plead on their own behalf before him, and do their best to justify themselves. 13:1-12 With self-preference, Job declared that he needed not to be taught by them. Those who dispute are tempted to magnify themselves, and lower their brethren, more than is fit. When dismayed or distressed with the fear of wrath, the force of temptation, or the weight of affliction, we should apply to the Physician of our souls, who never rejects any, never prescribes amiss, and never leaves any case uncured. To Him we may speak at all times. To broken hearts and wounded consciences, all creatures, without Christ, are physicians of no value. Job evidently speaks with a very angry spirit against his friends. They had advanced some truths which nearly concerned Job, but the heart unhumbled before God, never meekly receives the reproofs of men.
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