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Job 37:20

    Job 37:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    How may he have knowledge of my desire for talk with him? or did any man ever say, May destruction come on me?

    Webster's Revision

    Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

    World English Bible

    Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Shall it be told him that I would speak? or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 37:20

    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?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 37:20

    Shall it be told him that I speak? - Still the language of profound awe and reverence, as if he would not have it even intimated to God that he had presumed to say anything in regard to him, or with a view to explain the reason of his doings.

    If a man speak - That is, if he attempt to speak with God; to argue a case with him; to contend with him in debate; to oppose him. Elihu had designed to reprove Job for the bold and presumptuous manner in which he bad spoken of God, and for his wish to enter into a debate with him in order to vindicate his cause. He now says, that if anyone should attempt this, God had power at once to destroy him; and that such an attempt would be perilous to his life. But other interpretations have been proposed, which may be seen in Rosenmuller, Umbreit, and Lee.

    Surely he shall be swallowed up - Destroyed for his presumption and rashness in thus contending with the Almighty. Elihu says that on this account he would not dare to speak with God. He would fear that he would come forth in his anger, and destroy him. How much man by nature instinctively feels, when he has any just views of the majesty of God, that he needs a Mediator!

    Wesley's Notes on Job 37:20

    37:20 Shall - I send a challenge to God, or a message that I am ready to debate with him concerning his proceedings? Speak - If a man should be so bold to enter the lists with God. Swallowed up - With the sense of his infinite majesty.
    Book: Job