Job 40:2
New International Version
“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”

New Living Translation
“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”

English Standard Version
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Berean Study Bible
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who argues with God give an answer.”

King James Bible
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

New King James Version
“Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

New American Standard Bible
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who rebukes God give an answer.”

NASB 1995
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”

NASB 1977
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”

Amplified Bible
“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who disputes with God answer it.”

Christian Standard Bible
Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who argues with God give an answer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who argues with God give an answer.

American Standard Version
Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Many are the counselors of God, and he who rebukes God gives an answer!”Will any one pervert judgment with the Mighty One? and he that reproves God, let him return it for answer.

Contemporary English Version
but you have argued that I am wrong. Now you must answer me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

English Revised Version
Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? he that argueth with God, let him answer it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Will the person who finds fault with the Almighty correct him? Will the person who argues with God answer him?"

International Standard Version
"Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him? Let God's accuser answer."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall he that reproveth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

Literal Standard Version
“Is the striver with the Mighty instructed? The reprover of God, let him answer it.”

NET Bible
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!"

New Heart English Bible
"Shall he who argues contend with Shaddai? He who argues with God, let him answer it."

World English Bible
"Shall he who argues contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it."

Young's Literal Translation
Is the striver with the Mighty instructed? The reprover of God, let him answer it.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Humbles Himself Before the LORD
1And the LORD said to Job: 2“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who argues with God give an answer.” 3Then Job answered the LORD:…

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

Job 10:2
I will say to God: Do not condemn me! Let me know why You prosecute me.

Job 13:3
Yet I desire to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God.

Job 23:4
I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 31:35
(Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my signature. Let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser compose an indictment.

Job 33:13
Why do you complain to Him that He answers nothing a man asks?

Job 40:1
And the LORD said to Job:


Treasury of Scripture

Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Shall

Job 9:3
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 33:13
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

Ecclesiastes 6:10
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

instruct

Isaiah 40:14
With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?

1 Corinthians 2:16
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

he that reproveth

Job 3:11,12,20,23
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? …

Job 7:12,19-21
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? …

Job 9:17,18,32-35
For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause…









XL.

(2) Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him?--Rather, Can he that reproveth (e. g., Job) contend with the Almighty? or, Can the contending with the Almighty instruct Him? "Art thou prepared still to dispute and contend with God? or, if thou dost, is there any hope that thou wilt instruct (i.e., convince) Him in argument? Let him that argueth with God (i.e., Job) answer this question." It might, perhaps, tend to make these verses (Job 40:4-5) more effective if we transposed them after Job 42:6, and regarded them as the very climax of the poem, as some have done. But this is not necessary, and is an arrangement that has no support from external evidence. If, however, it were adopted, Job's resolution, "Once have I spoken; but I will speak no more: yea, twice; but I will not again" (Job 40:5), would not be literally inconsistent, as it now is, with what he says in Job 42:1-6.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Will the faultfinder
יִסּ֑וֹר (yis·sō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3250: One who reproves, faultfinder

contend
הֲ֭רֹב (hă·rōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

the Almighty?
שַׁדַּ֣י (šad·day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7706: The Almighty

Let him who argues
מוֹכִ֖יחַ (mō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

with God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

give an answer.”
יַעֲנֶֽנָּה׃ (ya·‘ă·nen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond


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