New American Standard Bible
"Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
King James Bible
Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
Darby Bible Translation
Should he that hateth right indeed govern? and wilt thou condemn the All-just?
World English Bible
Shall even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?--
Young's Literal Translation
Yea, doth one hating justice govern? Or the Most Just dost thou condemn?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Shall even he that hateth right govern? - Margin, as in Hebrew "bind." That is, shall he bind by laws. The argument in this verse seems to be an appeal to what must be the conviction of mankind, that God, the Great Governor of the universe, could not be unjust. This conviction, Elihu appears to have supposed, was so deep in the human mind, that he might appeal even to Job himself for its truth. The question here asked implies that it would be impossible to believe that one who was unjust could govern the universe. Such a supposition would be at variance with all the convictions of the human soul, and all the indications of the nature of his government to be found in his works.
And wilt thou condemn him that is most just? - The great and holy Ruler of the universe. The argument here is, that Job had in fact placed himself in the attitude of condemning him who, from the fact that he was the Ruler of the universe, must be most just. The impropriety of this he shows in the following verses.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
2 Samuel 23:3
"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,
"But if you have understanding, hear this; Listen to the sound of my words.
Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones';
So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.
"Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
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