Job 9:14
New International Version
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?

New Living Translation
"So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him?

English Standard Version
How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?

Berean Study Bible
How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?

New American Standard Bible
"How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?

King James Bible
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

Christian Standard Bible
How then can I answer him or choose my arguments against him?

Contemporary English Version
How, then, could I possibly argue my case with God?

Good News Translation
So how can I find words to answer God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him?

International Standard Version
So how am I to answer him, choosing what I am to say to him?

NET Bible
"How much less, then, can I answer him and choose my words to argue with him!

New Heart English Bible
How much less shall I answer him, And choose my words to argue with him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How can I possibly answer God? How can I find the right words [to speak] with him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How much less shall I answer Him, And choose out my arguments with Him?

New American Standard 1977
“How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How much less shall I answer him and choose out my words to reason with him?

King James 2000 Bible
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

American King James Version
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

American Standard Version
How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words to reason with him?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Oh then that he would hearken to me, or judge my cause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What am I then, that I should answer him, and have words with him?

Darby Bible Translation
How much less shall I answer him, choose out my words [to strive] with him?

English Revised Version
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

Webster's Bible Translation
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

World English Bible
How much less shall I answer him, And choose my words to argue with him?

Young's Literal Translation
How much less do I -- I answer Him? Choose out my words with Him?
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
13God does not restrain His anger; the helpers of Rahab cower beneath Him. 14How then can I answer Him or choose my arguments against Him? 15For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.…
Cross References
Job 9:3
If one wished to contend with God, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

Job 9:32
For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.

Job 37:19
Teach us what we should say to Him; we cannot draw up our case when our faces are in darkness.

Treasury of Scripture

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

How much

Job 4:19
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

Job 25:6
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

1 Kings 8:27
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

shall I

Job 11:4,5
For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes…

choose

Job 23:4,7
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments…

Job 33:5
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.







Lexicon
How
אַ֭ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

then
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

can I
אָנֹכִ֣י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

answer Him
אֶֽעֱנֶ֑נּוּ (’e·‘ĕ·nen·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

or choose
אֶבְחֲרָ֖ה (’eḇ·ḥă·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

my arguments
דְבָרַ֣י (ḏə·ḇā·ray)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

against Him?
עִמּֽוֹ׃ (‘im·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with
Verse 14. - How much less shall I answer him? If he be the Lord of earth and heaven, if he rule the sun and the stars, if he tread down the sea, if he be impalpable and irresistible, if he hold the evil power and his helpers under restraint, how should I dare to answer him? How should any mere man do so? And choose out my words to reason with him? Job feels that he would be too much overwhelmed to choose his terms carefully, and yet a careless word might be an unpardonable offence. 9:14-21 Job is still righteous in his own eyes, ch. 32:1, and this answer, though it sets forth the power and majesty of God, implies that the question between the afflicted and the Lord of providence, is a question of might, and not of right; and we begin to discover the evil fruits of pride and of a self-righteous spirit. Job begins to manifest a disposition to condemn God, that he may justify himself, for which he is afterwards reproved. Still Job knew so much of himself, that he durst not stand a trial. If we say, We have no sin, we not only deceive ourselves, but we affront God; for we sin in saying so, and give the lie to the Scripture. But Job reflected on God's goodness and justice in saying his affliction was without cause.
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