Job 11:5
New International Version
Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you

New Living Translation
If only God would speak; if only he would tell you what he thinks!

English Standard Version
But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,

Berean Study Bible
But if only God would speak and open His lips against you,

King James Bible
But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

New King James Version
But oh, that God would speak, And open His lips against you,

New American Standard Bible
“But if only God would speak, And open His lips against you,

NASB 1995
“But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you,

NASB 1977
“But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you,

Amplified Bible
“But oh, that God would speak, And open His lips [to speak] against you,

Christian Standard Bible
But if only God would speak and open his lips against you!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if only God would speak and declare His case against you,

American Standard Version
But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against thee,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
However the Maker, the Giver, is God the Word, and his lips are lifted up with you.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But oh that the Lord would speak to thee, and open his lips to thee!

Contemporary English Version
But I wish God would speak

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I wish that God would speak with thee, and would open his lips to thee,

English Revised Version
But Oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

Good News Translation
How I wish God would answer you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I only wish God would speak and open his mouth [to talk] to you.

International Standard Version
"But what if God were to speak? What if he were to talk with you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
But oh that God would speak, And open His lips against thee;

Literal Standard Version
And yet, O that God had spoken! And opens His lips with you.

NET Bible
But if only God would speak, if only he would open his lips against you,

New Heart English Bible
But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you,

World English Bible
But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you,

Young's Literal Translation
And yet, O that God had spoken! And doth open His lips with thee.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
4You have said, ‘My doctrine is sound, and I am pure in Your sight.’ 5But if only God would speak and open His lips against you, 6and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves.…

Cross References
Job 11:4
You have said, 'My doctrine is sound, and I am pure in Your sight.'

Job 11:6
and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves.


Treasury of Scripture

But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you;

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

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

Job 33:6-18
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay…









Verse 5. - But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee! "Oh that God would do," i.e. "what thou hast challenged him to do" - show thee wherein he contends with thee! (comp. Job 10:2). Then how would thy reasonings be confuted, and thy boastings be brought low!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But
וְֽאוּלָ֗ם (wə·’ū·lām)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 199: However, on the contrary

if only
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interjection
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

would speak
דַּבֵּ֑ר (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

and open
וְיִפְתַּ֖ח (wə·yip̄·taḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

His lips
שְׂפָתָ֣יו (śə·p̄ā·ṯāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

against you,
עִמָּֽךְ׃ (‘im·māḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with


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