Job 33:13
New International Version
Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one's words?

New Living Translation
So why are you bringing a charge against him? Why say he does not respond to people's complaints?

English Standard Version
Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s words’?

Berean Study Bible
Why do you contend with Him that He answers nothing a man asks?

New American Standard Bible
"Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

King James Bible
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Christian Standard Bible
Why do you take him to court for not answering anything a person asks?

Contemporary English Version
So why do you challenge God to answer you?

Good News Translation
Why do you accuse God of never answering our complaints?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do you take Him to court for not answering anything a person asks?

International Standard Version
Why are you arguing with him? He doesn't have to give explanations for what he does to you!

NET Bible
Why do you contend against him, that he does not answer all a person's words?

New Heart English Bible
Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you quarrel with him since he doesn't answer any questions?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Why hast thou striven against Him? Seeing that He will not answer any of his words.

New American Standard 1977
“Why do you complain against Him, That He does not give an account of all His doings?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why dost thou strive against him? For he will not answer all of thy words.

King James 2000 Bible
Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

American King James Version
Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

American Standard Version
Why dost thou strive against him, For that he giveth not account of any of his matters?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thou sayest, Why has he not heard every word of my cause?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dost thou strive against him, because he hath not answered thee to all words?

Darby Bible Translation
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

English Revised Version
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

World English Bible
Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore against Him hast thou striven, When for all His matters He answereth not?
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
12Behold, you are not right in this matter. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. 13Why do you contend with Him that He answers nothing a man asks? 14For God speaks in one way and in another, yet no one notices.…
Cross References
Romans 9:20
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?"

Job 11:7
Can you fathom the deep things of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?

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

Isaiah 45:9
Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker--one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?

Treasury of Scripture

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

strive

Job 9:14
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

Job 15:25,26
For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty…

Isaiah 45:9
Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

giveth not account.

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

Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Psalm 62:11
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.







Lexicon
Why
מַ֭דּוּעַ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4069: Why? for what reason?

do you contend
רִיב֑וֹתָ (rî·ḇō·w·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

with Him
אֵלָ֣יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

that
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

He answers
יַעֲנֶֽה׃ (ya·‘ă·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

nothing
לֹ֣א־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a man asks?
דְּ֝בָרָ֗יו (də·ḇā·rāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause
(13) Why dost thou strive against him?--Job had not striven against God, he had only expressed his longing to come into judgment with Him (Job 23:3, &c.). Job was striving with and against the darkness that was round about His throne, not with the justice of God, which he entirely trusted. Some render the last clause of the verse, "For none can answer any of His words," but the Authorised Version seems preferable.

Verse 13. - Why dost thou strive against him? Why dost thou insist on taking the attitude of one who contends with God, who would fain enter into a controversy with him, and force him to plead in his own defence? It is not alone his omnipotence that makes such conduct folly, but his remoteness, his inaccessibility. He cannot be forced to make answer; it is not his wont to do so; he giveth not account of any of his matters. It is presumptuous to suppose that God will condescend to reveal himself from heaven and make answer to thy overbold challenges. 33:8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice and goodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour, we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had represented God as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that he had spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself before God, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable to us. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strive with a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts with perfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceive it.
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