Job 37:20
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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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Clarke'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

Shall it

Psalm 139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD, you know it altogether.

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment...


Job 6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

Job 11:7,8 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection...

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

Job 37:21
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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