New International Version
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
King James Bible
How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
Darby Bible Translation
How much less shall I answer him, choose out my words [to strive] with him?
World English Bible
How much less shall I answer him, And choose my words to argue with him?
Young's Literal Translation
How much less do I -- I answer Him? Choose out my words with Him?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How much less shall I answer - I cannot contend with my Maker. He is the Lawgiver and the Judge. How shall I stand in judgment before him?
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman …
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Later English Reformers
Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
"Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness.
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