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.”

New American Standard Bible
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? Let him that disputes with God answer this.

King James 2000 Bible
Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he that will contend with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth +God, let him answer it.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth 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.
Study Bible
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 His indictment.

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

Job 40:1
And the LORD said to Job:

Job 40:3
Then Job answered the LORD:

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever exists was named long ago, and what happens to a man is foreknown; but he cannot contend with one stronger than he.

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'?

Jeremiah 50:24
I laid a snare for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it. You were found and captured because you challenged the LORD.

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…







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

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

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

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

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

with God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond
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.

40:1-5 Communion with the Lord effectually convinces and humbles a saint, and makes him glad to part with his most beloved sins. There is need to be thoroughly convinced and humbled, to prepare us for remarkable deliverances. After God had shown Job, by his manifest ignorance of the works of nature, how unable he was to judge of the methods and designs of Providence, he puts a convincing question to him; Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? Now Job began to melt into godly sorrow: when his friends reasoned with him, he did not yield; but the voice of the Lord is powerful. When the Spirit of truth is come, he shall convince. Job yields himself to the grace of God. He owns himself an offender, and has nothing to say to justify himself. He is now sensible that he has sinned; and therefore he calls himself vile. Repentance changes men's opinion of themselves. Job is now convinced of his error. Those who are truly sensible of their own sinfulness and vileness, dare not justify themselves before God. He perceived that he was a poor, mean, foolish, and sinful creature, who ought not to have uttered one word against the Divine conduct. One glimpse of God's holy nature would appal the stoutest rebel. How, then will the wicked bear the sight of his glory at the day of judgment? But when we see this glory revealed in Jesus Christ, we shall be humbled without being terrified; self-abasement agrees with filial love.
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