Job 13:3
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New International Version
But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.

King James Bible
Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Darby Bible Translation
But I will speak to the Almighty, and will find pleasure in reasoning with God;

World English Bible
"Surely I would speak to the Almighty. I desire to reason with God.

Young's Literal Translation
Yet I for the Mighty One do speak, And to argue for God I delight.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Surely I would speak to the Almighty - אולם ulam, O that: - I wish I could speak to the Almighty!

I desire to reason with God - He speaks here to reference to the proceedings in a court of justice. Ye pretend to be advocates for God, but ye are forgers of lies: O that God himself would appear! Before him I could soon prove my innocence of the evils with which ye charge me.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 13:22 Then call you, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer you me.

Job 9:34,35 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me...

Job 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you;

Job 23:3-7 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!...

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.

I desire

Job 9:3,14,15 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand...

Isaiah 1:18-20 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob.

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper...


Micah 6:2 Hear you, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and you strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD has a controversy with his people...

Struggles of Conscience
I shall attempt to address you in the following order this morning. First, a little by way of consolation; then, a little by way of instruction; a little more upon discrimination or caution; and in the last place, a few sentences by way of exhortation. I. First, beloved, let me speak to you who are desiring to feel more and more your sins, and whose prayer is the prayer of the text, "Lord how many are mine iniquities and my sins, make me to know my transgression and my sin." Let me try to COMFORT
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860

Not Now, but Hereafter!
It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

A Canticle of Love
It is not only when He is about to send me some trial that Our Lord gives me warning and awakens my desire for it. For years I had cherished a longing which seemed impossible of realisation--to have a brother a Priest. I often used to think that if my little brothers had not gone to Heaven, I should have had the happiness of seeing them at the Altar. I greatly regretted being deprived of this joy. Yet God went beyond my dream; I only asked for one brother who would remember me each day at the Holy
Therese Martin (of Lisieux)—The Story of a Soul

"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
Isaiah xxvi. 3.--"Thou shall keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." Christ hath left us his peace, as the great and comprehensive legacy, "My peace I leave you," John xiv. 27. And this was not peace in the world that he enjoyed; you know what his life was, a continual warfare; but a peace above the world, that passeth understanding. "In the world you shall have trouble, but in me you shall have peace," saith Christ,--a peace that shall make trouble
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Job 5:8
"But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.

Job 13:15
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 13:22
Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me.

Job 23:4
I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 23:7
There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.

Job 40:2
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"

Jeremiah 12:1
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

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