Job 37:19
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New International Version
"Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.

King James Bible
Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
Teach us what we shall say unto him! We cannot order [our words] by reason of darkness.

World English Bible
Teach us what we shall tell him, for we can't make our case by reason of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Let us know what we say to Him, We set not in array because of darkness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Teach us what we shall say unto him? - Thou pretendest to be so very wise, and to know every thing about God, pray make us as wise as thyself, that we may be able to approach with thy boldness the Sovereign of the world; and maintain our cause with thy confidence before him. As for our parts, we are ignorant; and, on all these subjects, are enveloped with darkness. Mr. Good translates: -

"Teach us how we may address him,

When arrayed in robes of darkness."

It is a strong and biting irony, however we take it.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?

Job 13:3,6 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God...


Job 26:14 See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 28:20,21 From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding...

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me...

Psalm 73:16,17,22 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me...

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man...

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear...

Whether the Heavens Should have Been Opened unto Christ at his Baptism?
Objection 1: It would seem that the heavens should not have been opened unto Christ at His baptism. For the heavens should be opened unto one who needs to enter heaven, by reason of his being out of heaven. But Christ was always in heaven, according to Jn. 3:13: "The Son of Man who is in heaven." Therefore it seems that the heavens should not have been opened unto Him. Objection 2: Further, the opening of the heavens is understood either in a corporal or in a spiritual sense. But it cannot be understood
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Justice of God
The next attribute is God's justice. All God's attributes are identical, and are the same with his essence. Though he has several attributes whereby he is made known to us, yet he has but one essence. A cedar tree may have several branches, yet it is but one cedar. So there are several attributes of God whereby we conceive of him, but only one entire essence. Well, then, concerning God's justice. Deut 32:4. Just and right is he.' Job 37:23. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Job 9:14
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?

Job 37:20
Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?

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