Job 23:5
New International Version
I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me.

New Living Translation
Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.

English Standard Version
I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.

Berean Study Bible
I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say.

King James Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

New King James Version
I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.

New American Standard Bible
“I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would tell me.

NASB 1995
“I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.

NASB 1977
“I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.

Amplified Bible
“I would learn the words which He would answer, And understand what He would say to me.

Christian Standard Bible
I would learn how he would answer me; and understand what he would say to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would learn how He would answer me; and understand what He would say to me.

American Standard Version
I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I had known what he answered me and I had understood what he said to me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I would know the remedies which he would speak to me, and I would perceive what he would tell me.

Contemporary English Version
Then I would discover what he wanted to say.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That I might know the words that he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

English Revised Version
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Good News Translation
I want to know what he would say and how he would answer me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want to know the words he would use to answer me. I want to understand the things he would say to me.

International Standard Version
I know how he would answer me; I understand what he'll tell me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say unto me.

Literal Standard Version
I know the words He answers me, And understand what He says to me.

NET Bible
I would know with what words he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

New Heart English Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would tell me.

World English Bible
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would tell me.

Young's Literal Translation
I know the words He doth answer me, And understand what He saith to me.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Longs for God
4I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. 5I would learn how He would answer, and consider what He would say. 6Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take note of me.…

Cross References
Job 23:4
I would plead my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:6
Would He contend with me in His great power? No, He would certainly take note of me.


Treasury of Scripture

I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

know

Job 10:2
I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

Job 13:22,23
Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me…

Job 42:2-6
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee…









Verse 5. - I would know the words which he would answer me. It would be a satisfaction to Job in his present mood to know exactly how God would answer him, what reply he would make to his "arguments." The tone of thought is too bold for a creature, and would certainly not be becoming in Christians. And understand what he would say unto me. Here we have another of the redundant second clauses, which merely echo the idea contained in the previous clause.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I would learn
אֵ֭דְעָה (’ê·ḏə·‘āh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 3045: To know

how
מִלִּ֣ים (mil·lîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

He would answer,
יַעֲנֵ֑נִי (ya·‘ă·nê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

and consider
וְ֝אָבִ֗ינָה (wə·’ā·ḇî·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

what
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

He would say.
יֹּ֥אמַר (yō·mar)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say


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