New International Version
"If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?
King James Bible
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
Darby Bible Translation
If a word were essayed to thee, wouldest thou be grieved? But who can refrain from speaking?
World English Bible
"If someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
Young's Literal Translation
Hath one tried a word with thee? -- Thou art weary! And to keep in words who is able?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If we assay to commune with thee - As if he had said, Should I and my friends endeavor to reason with thee ever so mildly, because we shall have many things to say by way of reprehension, thou wilt be grieved and faint; and this we may reasonably infer from the manner in which thou bearest thy present afflictions. Yet as thou hast uttered words which are injurious to thy Maker, who can forbear speaking? It is our duty to rise up on the part of God, though thereby we shall grieve him who is our friend. This was a plausible beginning, and certainly was far from being insincere.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to commune. Heb. a word. wilt thou.
withhold himself from speaking. Heb. refrain from words.
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