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Job 9:14

    Job 9:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words to reason with him?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?

    Webster's Revision

    How much less shall I answer him, And choose out my words to reason with him?

    World English Bible

    How much less shall I answer him, And choose my words to argue with him?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 9:14

    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?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 9:14

    How much less shall I answer him? - I, who am so feeble, how can I contend with him? If the most mighty objects in the universe are under his control; if the constellations are directed by him; if the earth is shaken, and mountains moved from their places, by his power, and if the men of most exalted rank are prostrated by him, how can I presume to contend with God? This is the common view which is given of the passage, and is evidently that which our translators entertained. But I have given in the translation what appears to me to be a more literal version, and to express a better sense - though, I confess, the translation differs from all that I have seen. According to this, the sense is simply, that such was the veneration which Job had for the character of God, that should he attempt to answer him, he would select his words with the utmost care and attention.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 9:14

    9:14 How shall I - Since no creature can resist his power, and no man can comprehend his counsels and ways; how can I contend with him? Answer his allegations and arguments, produced against me.
    Book: Job