Job 9:3
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New International Version
Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.

King James Bible
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Darby Bible Translation
If he shall choose to strive with him, he cannot answer him one thing of a thousand.

World English Bible
If he is pleased to contend with him, he can't answer him one time in a thousand.

Young's Literal Translation
If he delight to strive with Him -- He doth not answer him one of a thousand.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If he will contend with him - God is so holy, and his law so strict, that if he will enter into judgment with his creatures, the most upright of them cannot be justified in his sight.

One of a thousand - Of a thousand offenses of which he may be accused he cannot vindicate himself even in one. How little that any man does, even in the way of righteousness, truth, and mercy, can stand the penetrating eye of a just and holy God, when all motives, feelings, and objects, come to be scrutinized in his sight, on this ground, no man living can be justified. O, how necessary to fallen, weak, miserable, imperfect and sinful man, is the doctrine of justification by faith, and sanctification through the Divine Spirit, by the sacrificial death and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he will contend

Job 9:20,32,33 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse...

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

Job 23:3-7 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!...

Job 31:35-37 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book...

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath...

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Isaiah 57:15,16 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?

he cannot

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

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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 9:14
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?

Job 9:32
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

Job 10:2
I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me.

Job 13:19
Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.

Job 23:6
Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.

Job 40:2
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"

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

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