Job 9:19
New International Version
If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?

New Living Translation
If it’s a question of strength, he’s the strong one. If it’s a matter of justice, who dares to summon him to court?

English Standard Version
If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

Berean Study Bible
If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

King James Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

New King James Version
If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong; And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?

New American Standard Bible
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

NASB 1995
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

NASB 1977
“If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

Amplified Bible
“If it is a matter of strength and power, behold, He is mighty! And if of justice, who can summon and challenge Him?

Christian Standard Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, he is the powerful one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?

American Standard Version
If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who,'saith he , will summon me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If one is strong in power, he is, and if he is for judgment, who is going to appease him?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For indeed he is strong in power: who then shall resist his judgment?

Contemporary English Version
God is much stronger than I am, and who would call me into court to give me justice?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.

English Revised Version
If we speak of the strength of the mighty, lo, he is there! and if of judgment, who will appoint me a time?

Good News Translation
Should I try force? Try force on God? Should I take him to court? Could anyone make him go?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it is a matter of strength, then he is the mighty one. If it is about justice, who will charge me with a crime?

International Standard Version
"Is this a contest of strength? He is obviously stronger! Is this a matter of justice? Who can sue him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If it be a matter of strength, lo, He is mighty! And if of justice, who will appoint me a time?

Literal Standard Version
If of power, behold, the Strong One; And if of judgment—who convenes me?

NET Bible
If it is a matter of strength, most certainly he is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, he will say, 'Who will summon me?'

New Heart English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, look, he is mighty. And if of justice, who will summon him?

World English Bible
If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty! If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'

Young's Literal Translation
If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
18He does not let me catch my breath, but overwhelms me with bitterness. 19If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? 20Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.…

Cross References
Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has resisted Him and prospered?

Job 9:33
Nor is there a mediator between us, to lay his hand upon us both.


Treasury of Scripture

If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

he is strong.

Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 36:17-19
But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee

Job 40:9,10
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? …

who shall

Job 9:32,33
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment…

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 33:5-7
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up…









(19) If I speak of strength.--All this is the most uncompromising acknowledgment of the absolute inability of man to stand in judgment before God. The whole of this is so very abrupt and enigmatical that it is extremely difficult to be sure of the argument, though naturally the general drift of it is obvious enough. "If it were a trial of strength--Who is Almighty?--and if it was a matter of judgment, is He not judge and court together? and what authority that He would acknowledge could give me the opportunity of pleading my cause before Him? Were I righteous, my own mouth would show me wicked; were I perfect, then would it or He prove me perverse. Were I perfect, I should not know myself, or know it myself. I despise my life under such conditions; therefore, said I, it is all one: He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked alike."

Verse 19. - If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong. Still the idea is, "How can I contend with God? If it is to be a trial of strength, it is he who is strong, not I; if it is to be a suit, or pleading for justice, who will appoint me a day?" And if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? (comp. below, ver 33).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

it is a matter of strength,
לְכֹ֣חַ (lə·ḵō·aḥ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

He is indeed
הִנֵּ֑ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

mighty!
אַמִּ֣יץ (’am·mîṣ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 533: Strong, strength

If
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

it is a matter of justice,
לְ֝מִשְׁפָּ֗ט (lə·miš·pāṭ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can summon Him?
יוֹעִידֵֽנִי׃ (yō·w·‘î·ḏê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 3259: To fix upon, to meet, to summon, to direct, to engage


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