New American Standard Bible
"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
King James Bible
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Darby Bible Translation
I would order the cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments;
World English Bible
I would set my cause in order before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
Young's Literal Translation
I arrange before Him the cause, And my mouth fill with arguments.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I would order my cause before him - Compare the notes at Isaiah 43:26. That is, I would arrange my arguments, or plead my cause, as one does in a court of justice. I would suggest the considerations which would show that I am not guilty in the sense charged by my friends, and that notwithstanding my calamities, I am the real friend of God.
And fill my mouth with arguments - Probably he means that he would appeal to the evidence furnished by a life of benevolence and justice, that he was not a hypocrite or a man of distinguished wickedness, as his friends maintained.
LibrarySeptember 30 Morning
He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--JOB 23:10. He knoweth our frame.--He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore …
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"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.
"Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.
"Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
"I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."
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