Job 31:14
New International Version
what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?

New Living Translation
how could I face God? What could I say when he questioned me?

English Standard Version
what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?

Berean Study Bible
what will I do when God rises to judge? How will I answer when called to account?

King James Bible
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

New King James Version
What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?

New American Standard Bible
What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, how am I to answer Him?

NASB 1995
What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

NASB 1977
What then could I do when God arises, And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

Amplified Bible
What then could I do when God arises [to judge me]? When He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

Christian Standard Bible
what could I do when God stands up to judge? How should I answer him when he calls me to account?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
what could I do when God stands up to judge? How should I answer Him when He calls me to account?

American Standard Version
What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I have said, ‘what shall I do when God stands up and when he commands, what I shall return to him?’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
what then shall I do if the Lord should try me? and if also he should at all visit me, can I make an answer?

Contemporary English Version
Otherwise, what answer would I give to God when he judges me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what shall I do when God shall rise to judge? and when he shall examine, what shall I answer him?

English Revised Version
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

Good News Translation
If I did not, how could I then face God? What could I say when God came to judge me?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then what could I do if God rises up? If he examines me, how could I answer him?

International Standard Version
what will I do when God stands up to act? When he asks the questions, how will I answer him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when He remembereth, what shall I answer Him?

Literal Standard Version
Then what do I do when God arises? And when He inspects, What do I answer Him?

NET Bible
then what will I do when God confronts me in judgment; when he intervenes, how will I respond to him?

New Heart English Bible
What then shall I do when God rises up? When he visits, what shall I answer him?

World English Bible
What then shall I do when God rises up? When he visits, what shall I answer him?

Young's Literal Translation
Then what do I do when God ariseth? And when He doth inspect, What do I answer Him?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
13If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or maidservant when they made a complaint against me, 14what will I do when God rises to judge? How will I answer when called to account? 15Did not He who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same One form us in the womb?…

Cross References
Job 31:13
If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or maidservant when they made a complaint against me,

Job 31:15
Did not He who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same One form us in the womb?

Isaiah 10:3
What will you do on the day of reckoning when devastation comes from afar? To whom will you flee for help? Where will you leave your wealth?


Treasury of Scripture

What then shall I do when God rises up? and when he visits, what shall I answer him?

What then

Job 9:32
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

Job 10:2
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

Psalm 7:6
Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

when he

Hosea 9:7
The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

Micah 7:4
The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Mark 7:2
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

what shall

Romans 3:19
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.









Verses 14, 15. - What then shall I do when God riseth up? Job regards God as the Avenger and Champion of all the oppressed. If he had been harsh and cruel to his dependants, he would have provoked God's anger, and God would assuredly "rise up" one day to punish. What, then, could he (Job) do? What but submit in silence? When he visiteth, what shall I answer him? There could be no valid defence. The slave was still a man, a brother - God's creature, equally with his master. Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb? God "hath made of one Mood all nations of men," and all individual me, "to dwell on the face of the earth" (Acts 17:26). All have rights - in a certain sense, equal rights. All are entitled to just treatment, to kind treatment, to merciful treatment. Job is before his age in recognizing the substantial equality of the slave with the freeman, which otherwise was scarcely taught by any until the promulgation of the gospel (see 1 Timothy 6:2; Philemon 1:16).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
what
וּמָ֣ה (ū·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will I do
אֶֽ֭עֱשֶׂה (’e·‘ĕ·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

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

God
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

rises to judge?
יָק֣וּם (yā·qūm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

How
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will I answer
אֲשִׁיבֶֽנּוּ׃ (’ă·šî·ḇen·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

when
וְכִֽי־ (wə·ḵî-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

called to account?
יִ֝פְקֹ֗ד (yip̄·qōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6485: To visit, to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit


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