Job 9:19
New International Version
If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?

New Living Translation
If it's a question of strength, he's the strong one. If it's a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?

English Standard Version
If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

Berean Study Bible
If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

New American Standard Bible
"If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

King James Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

Christian Standard Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, he is the powerful one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

Contemporary English Version
God is much stronger than I am, and who would call me into court to give me justice?

Good News Translation
Should I try force? Try force on God? Should I take him to court? Could anyone make him go?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

International Standard Version
"Is this a contest of strength? He is obviously stronger! Is this a matter of justice? Who can sue him?

NET Bible
If it is a matter of strength, most certainly he is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, he will say, 'Who will summon me?'

New Heart English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, he is mighty. And if of justice, who will summon him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it is a matter of strength, then he is the mighty one. If it is about justice, who will charge me with a crime?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If it be a matter of strength, lo, He is mighty! And if of justice, who will appoint me a time?

New American Standard 1977
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we were to speak of his strength, he is certainly strong; and if of his judgment, who shall cause us to meet?

King James 2000 Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of justice, who shall set me a time to plead?

American King James Version
If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

American Standard Version
If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who,'saith he , will summon me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For indeed he is strong in power: who then shall resist his judgment?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.

Darby Bible Translation
Be it a question of strength, lo, [he is] strong; and be it of judgment, who will set me a time?

English Revised Version
If we speak of the strength of the mighty, lo, he is there! and if of judgment, who will appoint me a time?

Webster's Bible Translation
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

World English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty! If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'

Young's Literal Translation
If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
18He does not let me catch my breath, but overwhelms me with bitterness. 19If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? 20Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.…
Cross References
Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?

Job 9:33
Nor is there a mediator between us, to lay his hand upon us both.

Treasury of Scripture

If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

he is strong.

Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 36:17-19
But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee

Job 40:9,10
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? …

who shall

Job 9:32,33
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment…

Job 31:35
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

Job 33:5-7
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up…







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

it is a matter of strength,
לְכֹ֣חַ (lə·ḵō·aḥ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

He is indeed
הִנֵּ֑ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

mighty!
אַמִּ֣יץ (’am·mîṣ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 533: Strong, strength

If
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

it is a matter of justice,
לְ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט (lə·miš·pāṭ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can summon Him?
יוֹעִידֵֽנִי׃ (yō·w·‘î·ḏê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3259: To fix upon, to meet, to summon, to direct, to engage
(19) If I speak of strength.--All this is the most uncompromising acknowledgment of the absolute inability of man to stand in judgment before God. The whole of this is so very abrupt and enigmatical that it is extremely difficult to be sure of the argument, though naturally the general drift of it is obvious enough. "If it were a trial of strength--Who is Almighty?--and if it was a matter of judgment, is He not judge and court together? and what authority that He would acknowledge could give me the opportunity of pleading my cause before Him? Were I righteous, my own mouth would show me wicked; were I perfect, then would it or He prove me perverse. Were I perfect, I should not know myself, or know it myself. I despise my life under such conditions; therefore, said I, it is all one: He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked alike."

Verse 19. - If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong. Still the idea is, "How can I contend with God? If it is to be a trial of strength, it is he who is strong, not I; if it is to be a suit, or pleading for justice, who will appoint me a day?" And if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? (comp. below, ver 33). 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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