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"Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me.
King James Bible
Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
Darby Bible Translation
Then call, and I will answer; or I will speak, and answer thou me.
World English Bible
Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you answer me.
Young's Literal Translation
And call Thou, and I -- I answer, Or -- I speak, and answer Thou me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then call thou, and I will answer - Call me to trial; summon me to make my defense. This is language taken from courts of justice, and the idea is, that if God would remove his calamity, and not overawe him, and would then call on him to make a defense, he would be ready to respond to his call. The language means, "be thou plaintiff in the case, and I will enter on my defense." He speaks now to God not as to a judge but as a party, and is disposed to go to trial. See the notes at Job 9:33-35.
Or let me speak, and answer thou me - "Let me be the plaintiff, and commence the cause. In any way, let the cause come to an issue. Let me open the cause, adduce my arguments, and defend my view of the subject; and then do thou respond." The idea is, that Job desired a fair trial. He was willing that God should select his position, and should either open the cause, or respond to it when he had himself opened it. To our view, there is something that is quite irreverent in this language, and I know not that it can be entirely vindicated. But perhaps, when the idea of a trial was once suggested, all the rest may be regarded as the mere filling up, or as language fitted to carry out that single idea, and to preserve the concinnity of the poem. Still, to address God in this manner is a wide license even for poetry. There is the language of complaint here; there is an evident feeling that God was not right; there is an undue reliance of Job on his own powers; there is a disposition to blame God which we can by no means approve, and which we are not required to approve. But let us not too harshly blame the patriarch. Let him who has suffered much and long, who feels that he is forsaken by God and by man, who has lost property and friends, and who is suffering under a painful bodily malady, if he has never had any of those feelings, cast the first stone. Let not those blame him who live in affluence and prosperity, and who have yet to endure the first severe trial of life. One of the objects, I suppose, of this poem is, to show human nature as it is; to show how good people often feel under severe trial; and it would not be true to nature if the representation had been that Job was always calm, and that he never cherished an improper feeling or gave vent to an improper thought.
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Meditations against Despair, or Doubting of God's Mercy.
"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
"Then I would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.
"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.
"You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands.
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