New International Version
Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
King James Bible
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
Darby Bible Translation
If he shall choose to strive with him, he cannot answer him one thing of a thousand.
World English Bible
If he is pleased to contend with him, he can't answer him one time in a thousand.
Young's Literal Translation
If he delight to strive with Him -- He doth not answer him one of a thousand.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If he will contend with him - God is so holy, and his law so strict, that if he will enter into judgment with his creatures, the most upright of them cannot be justified in his sight.
One of a thousand - Of a thousand offenses of which he may be accused he cannot vindicate himself even in one. How little that any man does, even in the way of righteousness, truth, and mercy, can stand the penetrating eye of a just and holy God, when all motives, feelings, and objects, come to be scrutinized in his sight, on this ground, no man living can be justified. O, how necessary to fallen, weak, miserable, imperfect and sinful man, is the doctrine of justification by faith, and sanctification through the Divine Spirit, by the sacrificial death and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ!
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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
"How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me.
Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.
Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"
I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."
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