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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 9:1-13

Bildad began with a rebuke to Job for talking so much, Job 8:2. Job makes no answer to that, though it would have been easy enough to retort it upon himself; but in what he next lays down as his principle, that God never perverts judgment, Job agrees with him: I know it is so of a truth, Job 9:2. Note, We should be ready to own how far we agree with those with whom we dispute, and should not slight, much less resist, a truth, though produced by an adversary and urged against us, but receive it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 9:3

If he will contend with him ,.... If God will contend with man, so Sephorno; enter into a controversy with him, litigate and dispute the point in law, whether he is just or not, man cannot answer to the allegations he will produce; or if man should contend with God, a potsherd strive with its maker, to what purpose would it be? he could never avail himself by such a procedure; the match is unequal, there is no striving or contending with God in a judicial, way: he cannot answer him one of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 9:3

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... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:1-4

Job to Bildad: 1. Bildad's theology refuted. I. AN IRONICAL CONCESSION . "I know that it is so of a truth." The doctrine propounded by Bildad ( Job 8:3 ), that in God's dealings with mankind such a thing as either a perversion or miscarriage of justice was impossible, Job in a certain sense allows. Abstractly considered, the sentiment was one which Job cheerfully admitted. As expounded by Bildad, that the Divine government of the world was one of visible retributive justice, he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:1-4

A gospel outline. I. A SUBLIME TRUTH . Them is no unrighteousness with God ( Job 9:1 ), in either: 1 . Permitting sin. ( Psalms 92:5 .) 2 . Afflicting man. ( Deuteronomy 8:5 .) 3 . Saving the penitent. ( Romans 3:26 ; 1 John 1:9 .) 4 . Punishing the wicked . ( Romans 3:5 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:6 .) II. A MELANCHOLY FACT . It is impossible for man to establish his righteousness before God ( Job 9:2 ), his guiltiness being: 1 . Declared... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:1-4

Man unable to answer to God. Job resumes. He knows, as truly as does Bildad, that God doth not pervert justice. His work is always right, while man is erring, vain, and sinful. How shall the creature "answer" to the Creator? Were the Holy One to condescend to enter into controversy with his frail creature man, the poor sinner would be dumb. Out of the mouth, even of the guilty, God would extort the confession of his own righteousness, and by his manifested glory compel the proud and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:1-35

Job, in answer to Bildad, admits the truth of his arguments, but declines to attempt the justification which can alone entitle him to accept the favourable side of Bildad's alternative. Man cannot absolutely justify himself before God. It is in vain to attempt to do so. The contest is too unequal. On the one side perfect wisdom and absolute strength (verse 4); on the other, weakness, imperfection, ignorance. guilt (verses 17-20). And no "daysman," or umpire, between them; no third party to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:2-20

God viewed as absolute and arbitrary Power. I. THE HELPLESSNESS OF MAN IN PRESENCE OF HIS OMNIPOTENCE . ( Job 9:1-3 .) What avails right on one's side against him who has all heaven's artillery at his command? "It is idle to argue with the Master of thirty legions." Out of a thousand questions with which the Almighty might overwhelm my mind, there is not one which I could answer with the chance of a fair hearing. Indeed, this in a sense is true, as the thirty-eighth... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:3

If he will contend with him ; rather, if he should desire to contend with him ; i.e. if, notwithstanding his knowledge of his own weakness and guilt, he should nevertheless be mad enough to desire to contend with God, then he will find that he cannot answer him one of a thousand . Of the charges which God might in his omniscience bring against him, he could not make a satisfactory reply to one in a thousand. It is not that Job admits any special guilt in himself; but such he feels to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 9:3

If he will contend with him - That is, if God enters into a controversy with man. If he chooses to charge crime on him, and to hold him responsible for his deeds. The language here is taken from courts of justice, and means that if a trial were instituted, where God should submit charges, and the matter were left to adjudication, man could not answer the charges against him; compare the notes at Isaiah 41:1.He cannot answer him one of a thousand - For one of a thousand of the sins charged on... read more

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