New American Standard Bible
"If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
King James Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
Darby Bible Translation
If I had called, and he had answered me, I would not believe that he hearkened to my voice, --
World English Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me, yet I wouldn't believe that he listened to my voice.
Young's Literal Translation
Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear to my voice.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If I had called, and he had answered me - It is remarked by Schultens, that the expressions in these verses are all taken from courts of justice. If so, the meaning is, that even if Job should call the Almighty to a judicial action, and he should respond to him, and consent to submit the great question about his innocence, and about the justice of the divine dealings with him, to trial, yet that such was the distance between God and him, that he could not hope successfully to contend with him in the argument. He would, therefore, prostrate himself in a suppliant manner, and implore his mercy and compassion - submitting to him as having all power, and as being a just and righteous Sovereign.
Would I not believe - I cannot believe that he would enter into my complaint. He deals with me in a manner so severe; he acts toward me so much as a sovereign, that I have no reason to suppose that he would not continue to act toward me in the same way still.
LibraryWashed to Greater Foulness
Turning to my text, let me say, that as one is startled by a shriek, or saddened by a groan, so these sharp utterances of Job astonish us at first, and then awake our pity. How much are we troubled with brotherly compassion as we read the words,--"If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me!" The sense of misery couched in this passage baffles description. Yet this is but one of a series, in which sentence …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 32: 1886
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Opposition to Messiah in Vain
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.
"For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.
"Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me.
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