Job 9:2
New International Version
"Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?

New Living Translation
“Yes, I know all this is true in principle. But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?

English Standard Version
“Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?

Berean Study Bible
“Yes, I know that it is so, but how can a mortal be righteous before God?

New American Standard Bible
"In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?

New King James Version
“Truly I know it is so, But how can a man be righteous before God?

King James Bible
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Christian Standard Bible
Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?

Contemporary English Version
What you say is true. No human is innocent in the sight of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, I know what you've said is true, but how can a person be justified before God?

International Standard Version
"Indeed, I'm fully aware that this is so, but how can a person become right with God?

NET Bible
"Truly, I know that this is so. But how can a human be just before God?

New Heart English Bible
"Truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Yes, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be declared righteous to God?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Of a truth I know that it is so; And how can man be just with God?

New American Standard 1977
“In truth I know that this is so, But how can a man be in the right before God?

Jubilee Bible 2000
I know it is so of a truth, but how shall a man be justified with God?

King James 2000 Bible
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just before God?

American King James Version
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

American Standard Version
Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I know of a truth that it is so: for how shall a mortal man be just before the Lord?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified compared with

Darby Bible Translation
Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with God?

English Revised Version
Of a truth I know that it is so: but how can man be just with God?

Webster's Bible Translation
I know it to be so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

World English Bible
"Truly I know that it is so, but how can man be just with God?

Young's Literal Translation
Truly I have known that it is so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
1Then Job answered: 2“Yes, I know that it is so, but how can a mortal be righteous before God? 3If one wished to contend with God, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.…
Cross References
Ezra 9:15
O LORD, God of Israel, You are righteous! For we remain this day as a remnant. Here we are before You in our guilt, though because of it no one can stand before You."

Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God, or a man more pure than his Maker?

Job 9:1
Then Job answered:

Job 25:4
How then can a man be just before God? How can one born of woman be pure?

Psalm 143:2
Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You.

Treasury of Scripture

I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

how

Job 4:17
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 14:3,4
And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? …

Job 25:4
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

with.







Lexicon
“Yes,
אָ֭מְנָם (’ā·mə·nām)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 551: Verily, truly

I know
יָדַ֣עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

that
כִי־ (ḵî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

[it is] so,
כֵ֑ן (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

but how
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can a mortal
אֱנ֣וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

be righteous
יִּצְדַּ֖ק (yiṣ·daq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

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

God?
אֵֽל׃ (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty
9:1-13 In this answer Job declared that he did not doubt the justice of God, when he denied himself to be a hypocrite; for how should man be just with God? Before him he pleaded guilty of sins more than could be counted; and if God should contend with him in judgment, he could not justify one out of a thousand, of all the thoughts, words, and actions of his life; therefore he deserved worse than all his present sufferings. When Job mentions the wisdom and power of God, he forgets his complaints. We are unfit to judge of God's proceedings, because we know not what he does, or what he designs. God acts with power which no creature can resist. Those who think they have strength enough to help others, will not be able to help themselves against it.
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