New International Version
Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?
King James Bible
Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
Darby Bible Translation
Shall it be told him if I would speak? if a man [so] say, surely he shall be swallowed up.
World English Bible
Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
Young's Literal Translation
Is it declared to Him that I speak? If a man hath spoken, surely he is swallowed up.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall it be told him that I speak? - Shall I dare to whisper even before God? And suppose any one were to accuse me before him for what I have spoken of him, though that has been well intended, how should I be able to stand in his presence? I should be swallowed up in consternation, and consumed with the splendor of his majesty. But in what state art thou? What hast thou been doing? Thou hast arraigned God for his government of the world; thou hast found fault with the dispensations of his providence; thou hast even charged him with cruelty! What will become of Thee?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWhether 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
"Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean.
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