New American Standard Bible
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.
King James Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him; that we should come together in judgment.
World English Bible
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, that we should come together in judgment.
Young's Literal Translation
But if a man like myself -- I answer him, We come together into judgment.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For he is not a man as I am - He is infinitely superior to me in majesty and power. The idea is, that the contest would be unequal, and that he might as well surrender without bringing the matter to an issue. It is evident that the disposition of Job to yield, was rather because he saw that God was superior in power than because he saw that he was right, and that he felt that if he had ability to manage the cause as well as God could, the matter would not be so much against him as it was then. That there was no little impropriety of feeling in this, no one can doubt; but have we never had feelings like this when we have been afflicted? Have we never submitted to God because we felt that he was Almighty, and that it was vain to contend with him, rather than because he was seen to be right? True submission is always accompanied with the belief that God is RIGHT - whether we can see him to be right or not.
And we should come together in judgment - For trial, to have the case adjudicated. That is, that we should meet face to face, and have the cause tried before a superior judge. Noyes.
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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On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it?
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
"How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?
Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
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