Job 23:6
New International Version
Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.

New Living Translation
Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing.

English Standard Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.

Berean Study Bible
Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take note of me.

King James Bible
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

New King James Version
Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.

New American Standard Bible
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

NASB 1995
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

NASB 1977
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.

Amplified Bible
“Would He contend against me with His great power? No, surely He would give attention to me.

Christian Standard Bible
Would he prosecute me forcefully? No, he would certainly pay attention to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Would He prosecute me forcefully? No, He will certainly pay attention to me.

American Standard Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the abundance of power he judged with me, and otherwise there was awe laid upon me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Though he should come on me in his great strength, then he would not threaten me;

Contemporary English Version
Would he overwhelm me with his greatness? No! He would listen

Douay-Rheims Bible
I would not that he should contend with me with much strength, nor overwhelm me with the weight of his greatness.

English Revised Version
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

Good News Translation
Would God use all his strength against me? No, he would listen as I spoke.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Would he sue me and hide behind great legal maneuvers? No, he certainly would press charges against me.

International Standard Version
"Would he use his great power to fight me? No, he'll pay attention to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Would He contend with me in His great power? Nay; but He would give heed unto me.

Literal Standard Version
Does He strive with me in the abundance of power? No! Surely He puts [it] in me.

NET Bible
Would he contend with me with great power? No, he would only pay attention to me.

New Heart English Bible
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

World English Bible
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

Young's Literal Translation
In the abundance of power doth He strive with me? No! surely He putteth it in me.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Longs for God
5I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say. 6Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take note of me. 7Then an upright man could reason with Him, and I would be delivered forever from my Judge.…

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

Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and prospered?

Job 23:5
I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say.


Treasury of Scripture

Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

plead

Job 9:19,33,34
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? …

Job 13:21
Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

Isaiah 27:4,8
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together…

but he would

Psalm 138:3
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

2 Corinthians 12:9,10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…









(6) Plead against me.--Rather, Would he plead with me, or contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would have regard unto me; he would consider my case. Eliphaz had bidden Job to acquaint himself with God, and return unto Him (Job 22:23); Job says there is nothing he longs for more than to come into His presence.

Verse 6. - Will he plead against me with his great power? rather, Would he contend against me in the greatness of his power? (see the Revised Version). Flint is, "Would he crush me by mere strength and force? Would he use against me that overwhelming might which he possesses? No, Job answers, certainly not; but he would put strength in me; or, rather, but he would give heed to me he would pay attention to my cause (comp. Job 4:20, ad fin., where the same verb is used).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Would He contend
יָרִ֣יב (yā·rîḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

with me
עִמָּדִ֑י (‘im·mā·ḏî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5978: Against, by, from, me, mine, of, that I take, unto,

in His great
הַבְּרָב־ (hab·bə·rāḇ-)
Article, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

power?
כֹּ֭חַ (kō·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

No,
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

He
ה֝֗וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

would certainly
אַךְ־ (’aḵ-)
Adverb
Strong's 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

take [note]
יָשִׂ֥ם (yā·śim)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

of me.
בִּֽי׃ (bî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew


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