Job 5:8
New International Version
"But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.

New Living Translation
“If I were you, I would go to God and present my case to him.

English Standard Version
“As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,

Berean Study Bible
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and lay my cause before Him—

King James Bible
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

New King James Version
“But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause—

New American Standard Bible
“But as for me, I would seek God, And I would make my plea before God,

NASB 1995
"But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;

NASB 1977
“But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;

Amplified Bible
“As for me, I would seek God and inquire of Him, And I would commit my cause to God;

Christian Standard Bible
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and would present my case to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and would present my case to Him.

American Standard Version
But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
However, I shall seek for God, and to God I shall put my word

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Nevertheless I will beseech the Lord, and will call upon the Lord, the sovereign of all;

Contemporary English Version
Job, if I were you, I would ask God for help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I will pray to the Lord, and address my speech to God:

English Revised Version
But as for me, I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

Good News Translation
If I were you, I would turn to God and present my case to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But I would seek God's help and present my case to him.

International Standard Version
"Now as for me, I would seek God if I were you; I would commit my case to God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for me, I would seek unto God, And unto God would I commit my cause;

Literal Standard Version
Yet I inquire for God, "" And for God I give my word,

NET Bible
"But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would set forth my case.

New Heart English Bible
"But as for me, I would seek God. I would commit my cause to God,

World English Bible
"But as for me, I would seek God. I would commit my cause to God,

Young's Literal Translation
Yet I -- I inquire for God, And for God I give my word,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Continues: God Blesses those who Seek Him
7Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. 8However, if I were you, I would appeal to God and lay my cause before Him— 9the One who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.…

Cross References
Job 13:2
What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.

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

Psalm 50:15
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me."


Treasury of Scripture

I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

seek.

Job 8:5
If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

Job 22:21,27
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee…

Genesis 32:7-12
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; …

unto God.

Psalm 37:5
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

1 Peter 2:23
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:









Verse 8. - I would seek unto God; rather, as in the Revised Version; but as for me, I would seek etc.; i.e. if the case were mine, if I were afflicted as thou art, I would not betake myself to any of the angels (see ver. 1), but would cast myself wholly upon God. It is necessarily implied that Job had not done so. And unto God would I commit my cause (comp. Psalm 37:5; Proverbs 16:3).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
However,
אוּלָ֗ם (’ū·lām)
Conjunction
Strong's 199: However, on the contrary

if I were you,
אֲ֭נִי (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

I would appeal
אֶדְרֹ֣שׁ (’eḏ·rōš)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

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

and lay
אָשִׂ֥ים (’ā·śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

my cause
דִּבְרָתִֽי׃ (diḇ·rā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1700: A cause, reason, manner

before
וְאֶל־ (wə·’el-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Him
אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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