Job 13:9
New International Version
Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal?

New Living Translation
What will happen when he finds out what you are doing? Can you fool him as easily as you fool people?

English Standard Version
Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?

Berean Study Bible
Would it be well when He examined you? Could you deceive Him like a man?

King James Bible
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

New King James Version
Will it be well when He searches you out? Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?

New American Standard Bible
Will it go well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

NASB 1995
"Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

NASB 1977
“Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

Amplified Bible
“Will it be well for you when He investigates you [and your tactics against me]? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

Christian Standard Bible
Would it go well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you would deceive a man?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Would it go well if He examined you? Could you deceive Him as you would deceive a man?

American Standard Version
Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is good for you that he investigates you, if as a man is judged you are judged by him in all things

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For it were well if he would thoroughly search you: for though doing all things in your power ye should attach yourselves to him,

Contemporary English Version
If he took you to court, could you fool him, just as you fool others?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or shall it please him, from whom nothing can be concealed ? or shall he be deceived as a man, with your deceitful dealings ?

English Revised Version
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him?

Good News Translation
If God looks at you closely, will he find anything good? Do you think you can fool God the way you fool others?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will it go well when he cross-examines you? Will you try to trick him as one mortal tricks another?

International Standard Version
Will things go well for you under his cross-examination? Can you lie to him, as you would to a human being?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Would it be good that He should search you out? Or as one mocketh a man, will ye mock Him?

Literal Standard Version
Is [it] good that He searches you, "" If, as one mocks at a man, you mock at Him?

NET Bible
Would it turn out well if he would examine you? Or as one deceives a man would you deceive him?

New Heart English Bible
Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?

World English Bible
Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it good that He doth search you, If, as one mocketh at a man, ye mock at Him?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Reproves His Friends
8Would you show Him partiality or argue in His defense? 9Would it be well when He examined you? Could you deceive Him like a man? 10Surely He would rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.…

Cross References
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God is not to be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return.

Job 12:16
True wisdom and power belong to Him. The deceived and the deceiver are His.

Job 14:10
But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last, and where is he?


Treasury of Scripture

Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, do you so mock him?

search

Job 34:36
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.

Psalm 44:21
Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:









(9) As one man mocketh another.--As one man, with mingled flattery and deception, seeks to impose upon another.

Verse 9. - Is it good that he should search you out? "Are your motives in thus acting," Job asks his opponents, "so pure that they will stand the severity of God's judgment when he turns his scrutiny upon you and searches out the grounds of your proceedings? Is not your real motive to carry favour with him because he is so great and powerful?" Or as one man mocketh another, do ye so meek him? You may impose on a man by so acting, but you will not impose on God.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Would it be well
הֲ֭טוֹב (hă·ṭō·wḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

He examined you?
יַחְקֹ֣ר (yaḥ·qōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately

Could you deceive
כְּהָתֵ֥ל (kə·hā·ṯêl)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 2048: To deride, to cheat

Him
בֽוֹ׃ (ḇōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

[like]
תְּהָתֵ֥לּוּ (tə·hā·ṯêl·lū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2048: To deride, to cheat

a man?
בֶּ֝אֱנ֗וֹשׁ (be·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person


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