Job 16:21
New International Version
on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.

New Living Translation
I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.

English Standard Version
that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor.

Berean Study Bible
Oh, that a man might plead with God as he pleads with his neighbor!

New American Standard Bible
"O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!

New King James Version
Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!

King James Bible
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

Christian Standard Bible
I wish that someone might argue for a man with God just as anyone would for a friend.

Contemporary English Version
to show that I am right, just as a friend should.

Good News Translation
I want someone to plead with God for me, as one pleads for a friend.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man pleads for his friend.

International Standard Version
crying for him to arbitrate between this man and God; as a human being does with his fellow neighbor.

NET Bible
and he contends with God on behalf of man as a man pleads for his friend.

New Heart English Bible
that he would maintain the right of a man with God, of a son of man with his neighbor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But my witness will plead for a human in front of God. The Son of Man will plead for his friend!

JPS Tanakh 1917
That He would set aright a man contending with God, As a son of man setteth aright his neighbour!

New American Standard 1977
“O that a man might plead with God As a man with his neighbor!

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that a man might dispute with God, as he can with his neighbour!

King James 2000 Bible
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

American King James Version
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

American Standard Version
That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let my supplication come to the Lord, and let mine eye weep before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And O that a man might so be judged with God, as the son of man is judged with his companion!

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that there were arbitration for a man with +God, as a son of man for his friend!

English Revised Version
That he would maintain the right of a man with God, and of a son of man with his neighbour!

Webster's Bible Translation
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!

World English Bible
that he would maintain the right of a man with God, of a son of man with his neighbor!

Young's Literal Translation
And he reasoneth for a man with God, And a son of man for his friend.
Study Bible
Job Decries his Comforters
20My friends are my scoffers as my eyes pour out tears to God. 21Oh, that a man might plead with God as he pleads with his neighbor! 22For when only a few years are past I will go the way of no return.…
Cross References
Job 16:20
My friends are my scoffers as my eyes pour out tears to God.

Job 16:22
For when only a few years are past I will go the way of no return.

Treasury of Scripture

O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

plead

Job 9:34,35
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: …

Job 13:3,22
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God…

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

neighbour.







Lexicon
Oh, that a man
לְגֶ֣בֶר (lə·ḡe·ḇer)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

might plead
וְיוֹכַ֣ח (wə·yō·w·ḵaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

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

as [he] [pleads]
וּֽבֶן־ (ū·ḇen-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

with his neighbor!
לְרֵעֵֽהוּ׃ (lə·rê·‘ê·hū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow
Verse 21. - Oh that one might plead for a man with God! The original here is obscure. It may mean, Oh that he (i.e. God himself) would plead for a man with God! i.e. would become a Mediator between himself and man, plead for him, undertake his defence, and obtain for him merciful consideration. Or, nearly as in the Authorized Version, Oh that one might plead for man (i.e. mankind at large) with God! interest him on their behalf, and obtain a merciful judgment for them. The former rendering is to be preferred. As a man pleadeth for his neighbour; literally, as a son of man (or, as the Son of man) pleadeth for his neighbour. If we take the simpler rendering, "as a son of man," then the meaning is simply, "Oh that God would plead for man with himself, as a man is wont to plead for his fellow-man!" But if we prefer the other rendering, "as the Son of man," a Messianic interpretation will be necessary. (So Professor Lee and Dr. Stanley Leathes) But Messianic interpretations of passages that do not require them, and that have no such traditional interpretation, require extreme caution. 16:17-22 Job's condition was very deplorable; but he had the testimony of his conscience for him, that he never allowed himself in any gross sin. No one was ever more ready to acknowledge sins of infirmity. Eliphaz had charged him with hypocrisy in religion, but he specifies prayer, the great act of religion, and professes that in this he was pure, though not from all infirmity. He had a God to go to, who he doubted not took full notice of all his sorrows. Those who pour out tears before God, though they cannot plead for themselves, by reason of their defects, have a Friend to plead for them, even the Son of man, and on him we must ground all our hopes of acceptance with God. To die, is to go the way whence we shall not return. We must all of us, very certainly, and very shortly, go this journey. Should not then the Saviour be precious to our souls? And ought we not to be ready to obey and to suffer for his sake? If our consciences are sprinkled with his atoning blood, and testify that we are not living in sin or hypocrisy, when we go the way whence we shall not return, it will be a release from prison, and an entrance into everlasting happiness.
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