Job 9:15
New International Version
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

New Living Translation
Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead for mercy.

English Standard Version
Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.

Berean Study Bible
For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

New American Standard Bible
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

King James Bible
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

Contemporary English Version
Even though I am innocent, I can only beg for mercy.

Good News Translation
Though I am innocent, all I can do is beg for mercy from God my judge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if I were in the right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

International Standard Version
Even if I'm in the right, I cannot answer him. I can only appeal for mercy.

NET Bible
Although I am innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my judge for mercy.

New Heart English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make petition to my judge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if I were right, I could not answer [him]. I would have to plead for mercy from my judge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to Him that contendeth with me.

New American Standard 1977
“For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who even though I am righteous, yet I would not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

King James 2000 Bible
For, though I were righteous, yet could I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

American King James Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

American Standard Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For though I be righteous, he will not hearken to me: I will intreat his judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge.

Darby Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.

English Revised Version
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer; I would make supplication to mine adversary.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

World English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make supplication to my judge.

Young's Literal Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
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. 16If I summoned Him and He answered me, I do not believe He would listen to my voice.…
Cross References
Job 8:5
But if you would earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy,

Job 9:16
If I summoned Him and He answered me, I do not believe He would listen to my voice.

Job 9:20
Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.

Job 9:21
Though I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my life.

Job 10:15
If I am guilty, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift my head. I am full of shame and aware of my affliction.

Job 40:5
I have spoken once, but I have no answer--twice, but I have nothing to add."

Treasury of Scripture

Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

though

Job 10:15
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

1 Corinthians 4:4
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

I would

Job 5:8
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

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

Job 10:2
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

my judge

Job 23:7
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

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:







Lexicon
For
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

even if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I were right,
צָ֭דַקְתִּי (ṣā·ḏaq·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

I could not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

answer.
אֶעֱנֶ֑ה (’e·‘ĕ·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

I could only beg my Judge
לִ֝מְשֹׁפְטִ֗י (lim·šō·p̄ə·ṭî)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

for mercy.
אֶתְחַנָּֽן׃ (’eṯ·ḥan·nān)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2603: To bend, stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore
(15) Though I were righteous.--He now puts the alternative case: that he were actually righteous; yet even then supplication, and not assertion, would best become him.

Verse 15. - Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer. Even perfect righteousness, so far as possible in a creature, would not enable a non to stand up in controversy with him who "charges his angels with folly" (Job 4:18); and, moreover, to such righteousness Job does not pretend (see Job 7:20, 21). But I would make supplication to my Judge; rather, to mine adversary (see the Revised Version). Prayer is the only rightful attitude of even the best man before his Maker - prayer for mercy, prayer for pardon prayer for grace, prayer for advance in holiness. 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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