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?
Darby Bible Translation
How much less shall I answer him, choose out my words to strive 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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
How much less shall I answer him? - I, who am so feeble, how can I contend with him? If the most mighty objects in the universe are under his control; if the constellations are directed by him; if the earth is shaken, and mountains moved from their places, by his power, and if the men of most exalted rank are prostrated by him, how can I presume to contend with God? This is the common view which is given of the passage, and is evidently that which our translators entertained. But I have given in the translation what appears to me to be a more literal version, and to express a better sense - though, I confess, the translation differs from all that I have seen. According to this, the sense is simply, that such was the veneration which Job had for the character of God, that should he attempt to answer him, he would select his words with the utmost care and attention.
LibraryWashed to Greater Foulness
Turning to my text, let me say, that as one is startled by a shriek, or saddened by a groan, so these sharp utterances of Job astonish us at first, and then awake our pity. How much are we troubled with brotherly compassion as we read the words,--"If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me!" The sense of misery couched in this passage baffles description. Yet this is but one of a series, in which sentence …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
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Opposition to Messiah in Vain
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.
"Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.
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