Job 9:15
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New International Version
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

King James Bible
Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

Darby Bible Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer; I would make supplication to my judge.

World English Bible
Though I were righteous, yet I wouldn't answer him. I would make supplication to my judge.

Young's Literal Translation
Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Though I were righteous - Though clear of all the crimes, public and secret, of which you accuse me, yet I would not dare to stand before his immaculate holiness. Man's holiness may profit man, but in the sight of the infinite purity of God it is nothing. Thus sung an eminent poet: -

"I loathe myself when God I see,And into nothing fall;

Content that thou exalted be,And Christ be all in all."

I would make supplication to my Judge - Though not conscious of any sin, I should not think myself thereby justified; but would, from a conviction of the exceeding breadth of the commandment, and the limited nature of my own perfection, cry out, "Cleanse thou me from secret faults!"

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 10:15 If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion...

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.

I would

Job 5:8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

Job 8:5 If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

Job 10:2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me.

Job 22:27 You shall make your prayer to him, and he shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows.

Job 34:31,32 Surely it is meet to be said to God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more...

1 Kings 8:38,39 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all your people Israel...

2 Chronicles 33:13 And prayed to him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom...

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them...

Daniel 9:3,18 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes...

my judge

Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:

March 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

A Blow at Self-Righteousness
The sermon of this morning is intended to be another blow against our self-righteousness. If it will not die, at least let us spare no arrows against it; let us draw the bow, and if the shaft cannot penetrate its heart, it may at least stick in its flesh and help to worry it to its grave. I. Endeavouring to keep close to my text, I shall start with this first point--that THE PLEA OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS CONTRADICTS ITSELF. "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me." Come, friend, thou who
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether Doubts Should be Interpreted for the Best?
Objection 1: It would seem that doubts should not be interpreted for the best. Because we should judge from what happens for the most part. But it happens for the most part that evil is done, since "the number of fools is infinite" (Eccles. 1:15), "for the imagination and thought of man's heart are prone to evil from his youth" (Gn. 8:21). Therefore doubts should be interpreted for the worst rather than for the best. Objection 2: Further, Augustine says (De Doctr. Christ. i, 27) that "he leads a
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Later English Reformers
While Luther was opening a closed Bible to the people of Germany, Tyndale was impelled by the Spirit of God to do the same for England. Wycliffe's Bible had been translated from the Latin text, which contained many errors. It had never been printed, and the cost of manuscript copies was so great that few but wealthy men or nobles could procure it; and, furthermore, being strictly proscribed by the church, it had had a comparatively narrow circulation. In 1516, a year before the appearance of Luther's
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Job 8:5
But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,

Job 9:16
Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.

Job 9:20
Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.

Job 9:21
"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.

Job 10:15
If I am guilty--woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.

Job 40:5
I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."

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