Job 9:20
Good News Translation
I am innocent and faithful, but my words sound guilty, and everything I say seems to condemn me.

Contemporary English Version
Even if I were innocent, God would prove me wrong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.

New American Bible
Though I were right, my own mouth might condemn me; were I innocent, it might put me in the wrong.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.

justify

Job 9:2 Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified, compared with God.

Job 4:17 Shall man be justified in comparison of God, or shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 32:1,2 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just to himself. . . .

Psalm 130:3 If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it.

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight no man living shall be justified.

Luke 10:29 But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour?

Luke 16:15 And he said to them: you are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is high to men is an abomination before God.

mine

Job 15:5,6 For thy iniquity hath taught thy mouth, and thou imitatest the tongue of blasphemers. . . .

Job 34:35 But Job hath spoken foolishly, and his words sound not discipline.

Job 35:16 Therefore Job openeth his mouth in vain, and multiplieth words without knowledge.

Proverbs 10:19 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

Isaiah 6:5 And I said: Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people that hath unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment. . . .

James 3:2 For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.

I am perfect

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, and that man was simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil.

Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus. . . .

it shall

Job 33:8-13 Now thou hast said in my hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words: . . .

Proverbs 17:20 He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

1 Timothy 6:5 Conflicts of men corrupted in mind and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness.

Context
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
19If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me. 20If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.21Although I should be simple, even this my soul shall be ignorant of, and I shall be weary of my life.…
Cross References
Job 9:15
I, who although I should have any just thing, would not answer, but would make supplication to my judge.

Job 9:29
But if so also I am wicked, why have I laboured in vain?

Job 15:6
Thy own mouth shall condemn thee, and not I: and thy own lips shall answer thee.

Additional Translations
Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

For though I should seem righteous, my mouth will be profane: and though I should seem blameless, I shall be proved perverse.

If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse.

Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.

If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, that also will prove me perverse.

Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
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