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Job 23:6

    Job 23:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Would he make use of his great power to overcome me? No, but he would give attention to me.

    Webster's Revision

    Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

    World English Bible

    Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 23:6

    Will he plead against me - He would not exhibit his majesty and his sovereign authority to strike me dumb, or so overawe me that I could not speak in my own vindication.

    No; but he would put strength in me - On the contrary, he would treat me with tenderness, he would rectify my mistakes, he would show me what was in my favor, and would temper the rigid demands of justice by the mild interpretations of equity; and where law could not clear me, mercy would conduct all to the most favorable issue.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 23:6

    Will he plead against me with his great power? - "Will he make use of his mere power to overwhelm me and confound me? Will he take advantage of omnipotence to triumph over me, instead of argument and justice? No: he will not do it. The discussion would be fair. He would hear what I have to say, and would decide according to truth. Though he is Almighty, yet he would not take advantage of that to prostrate and confound me." When Job JObadiah 13:3 wished to carry the cause directly before God, he asked of Him two conditions only. One was, that he would take off his hand from him, or remove his afflictions for a time, that he might be able to manage his own cause; and the other was, that He would not take advantage of his power to overwhelm him in the debate, and prevent his making a fair statement of his case; see the notes at Job 13:20-21. He here expresses his firm conviction that his wish in this respect would be granted. He would listen, says he, to what; I have to say in my defense as if I were an equal.

    No; but he would put strength in me - The word "strength" is not improperly supplied by our translators. It means that he would enable him to make a fair presentation of his cause. So far from taking advantage of his mere "power" to crush him, and thus obtain an ascendency in the argument, he would rather "strengthen" him, that he might be able to make his case as strong as possible. He would rather aid him, though presenting his own cause in the controversy, than seek to weaken his arguments, or so to awe him by his dread majesty as to prevent his making the case as strong as it might be. This indicates remarkable confidence in God.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 23:6

    23:6 No - He would not use his power against me, but for me; by enabling me to plead my cause, and giving sentence according to that clemency, which he uses towards his children.
    Book: Job