Job 37:20
New International Version
Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?

New Living Translation
Should God be notified that I want to speak? Can people even speak when they are confused?

English Standard Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

Berean Study Bible
Should He be told that I want to speak? Would a man ask to be swallowed up?

New American Standard Bible
"Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?

King James Bible
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

Christian Standard Bible
Should he be told that I want to speak? Can a man speak when he is confused?

Contemporary English Version
Should I risk my life by telling God that I want to speak?

Good News Translation
I won't ask to speak with God; why should I give him a chance to destroy me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should He be told that I want to speak? Can a man speak when he is confused?

International Standard Version
Has it been relayed to God that I want to talk? Can a person speak when he is confused?"

NET Bible
Should he be informed that I want to speak? If a man speaks, surely he would be swallowed up!

New Heart English Bible
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Should he be told that I want to speak? Can a person speak when he is confused?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

New American Standard 1977
“Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall it be told him when I speak? When someone is swallowed up shall it be told him?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up.

American King James Version
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

American Standard Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Have I a book or a scribe my me, that I may stand and put man to silence?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall tell him the things I speak? even if a man shall speak, he shall be swallowed up.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall it be told him if I would speak? if a man [so] say, surely he shall be swallowed up.

English Revised Version
Shall it be told him that I would speak? or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.

World English Bible
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it declared to Him that I speak? If a man hath spoken, surely he is swallowed up.
Study Bible
Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty
19Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness. 20Should He be told that I want to speak? Would a man ask to be swallowed up? 21Now no one can gaze at the sun when it is bright in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.…
Cross References
Job 37:19
Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness.

Job 37:21
Now no one can gaze at the sun when it is bright in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

Shall it

Psalm 139:4
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Matthew 12:36,37
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment…

surely

Job 6:3
For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

Job 11:7,8
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? …







Lexicon
Should He be told
הַֽיְסֻפַּר־ (hay·sup·par-)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

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

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

Would a man
אִ֝֗ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

ask
אָ֥מַר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to be swallowed up?
יְבֻלָּֽע׃ (yə·ḇul·lā‘)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf
(20) Be swallowed up.--The sense will vary, according as we understand this of God or of the sun. In the first case, it is a simple expression of awe at God's majesty: "Shall it be told Him that I would speak? If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up;" but unquestionably the sense is clearer if we understand it of the sun: "Shall it be told of him? Shall I, indeed, speak it? or hath any man ever ventured to say, in such a case, that the sun is swallowed up, extinguished?"

Verse 20. - Shall it be told him that I speak? rather, that I would speak (comp. Job 31:35). Job had expressed the wish that God would "hear him, and answer him." Elihu, intending to rebuke this presumption, yet shrinking from doing so directly, puts himself in Job's place, and asks, "Would it be fitting that I should demand to speak with God?" If not, it cannot be fitting that Job should do so. If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. This is probably the true meaning, though another has been suggested by some commentators, who prefer to render, "Or should a man wish that he were destroyed?" (So Ewald, Dillmann, Canon Cook, and our Revisers.) If we adopt this rendering, we must understand Elihu as appending to his first rebuke a second, levelled against Job's desire to have his life ended. 37:14-20 Due thoughts of the works of God will help to reconcile us to all his providences. As God has a powerful, freezing north wind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit is compared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, So 4:16. The best of men are much in the dark concerning the glorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divine government. Those who, through grace, know much of God, know nothing, in comparison with what is to be known, and of what will be known, when that which is perfect is come.
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