New American Standard Bible
"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
King James Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
Darby Bible Translation
I would know the words he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
World English Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would tell me.
Young's Literal Translation
I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me - That is, I wish to understand what would be "his" decision in the case - and what would be his judgment in regard to me. That was of infinitely more importance than any opinion which "man" could form, and Job was anxious to have the matter decided by a tribunal which could not err. Why should "we" not desire to know exactly what God thinks of us, and what estimate he has formed of our character? There is no information so valuable to us as that would be; for on "his" estimate hangs our eternal doom, and yet there is nothing which people more instinctively dread than to know what God thinks of their character. It would be well for each one to ask himself, "Why is it so?"
LibrarySeptember 30 Morning
He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--JOB 23:10. He knoweth our frame.--He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
October 20 Morning
The Best Things Work for Good to the Godly
"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
"Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.
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