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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 9:3

Job 9:3. If he will contend with him If God be pleased to contend with man, namely, in judgment, or to debate, or plead with him; he cannot answer him one of a thousand One accusation among a thousand which God might produce against him. So far would he be from being able to maintain his own innocence against God, if God should set himself against him as his adversary. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 9:1-35

Job’s reply to Bildad (9:1-10:22)While agreeing with Bildad that God is just, Job argues that ordinary people are still at a disadvantage. They cannot present their side of the case satisfactorily, because God always has the wisdom and power to frustrate them. He can ask a thousand questions that they cannot answer (9:1-4). He can do what he wishes in the heavens or on the earth (5-9). He can work miracles and no one can resist him (10-12). If God overthrows those with supernatural power such... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Job 9:3

Job 9:3. If he will contend— To contend is a judicial term, and signifies properly to wage law. To answer him one of a thousand, signifies to justify himself for one of the thousand crimes which shall be charged against him. Though the uncharitableness and reproaches of Job's friends transported him into some passionate and bold expressions of his own innocence and integrity, yet he no sooner perceived that they took advantage of those expressions to charge him with presumption, as if God had... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Job 9:3

3. If he—God will contend with him—literally, "deign to enter into judgment." he cannot answer, &c.—He (man) would not dare, even if he had a thousand answers in readiness to one question of God's, to utter one of them, from awe of His Majesty. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 9:1-12

The greatness of God 9:1-12Job began his response to Bildad by acknowledging that much of what his friends had said was true (Job 9:2). Many of Job’s speeches began with sarcasm or irony. He then turned to a question that Eliphaz had raised earlier (Job 4:17) that seems to have stuck in Job’s mind. How could he, a righteous man, much less the ungodly, stand righteous before God, as Eliphaz had urged him to do (Job 5:8), since God was tormenting him. God appeared to Job to be acting arbitrarily... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 9:1-22

4. Job’s first reply to Bildad chs. 9-10"From this point on, the emphasis in the discussion is on the justice of God; and the image that is uppermost in Job’s mind is that of a legal trial." [Note: Wiersbe, pp. 22-23.] read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Job 9:1-35

Job’s Second Speech (Job 9, 10)Job 9, 10 are, perhaps, in their religious and moral aspects the most difficult in the book.Driver in his ’Introduction to the Literature of the OT.’ analyses them as follows:—’Job as well as his friends believes suffering to be a mark of God’s displeasure for some grave sin. Job, however, is conscious that he has not so sinned. Hence the terrible dilemma in which he finds himself and which forces him to the conclusion that God, though He knows him to be innocent... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Job 9:3

(3) If he will contend with him.—If man choose to contend with God, he cannot answer Him one question of a thousand, once in a thousand times. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Job 9:1-35

Job 9:10-11 He is always equally present with us: but we are so much taken up with sensible things, that, Lo, He goeth by us, and we see Him not; He passeth on also, but we perceive Him not. Devotion is retirement from the world He has made, to Him alone: it is to withdraw from the avocation of sense, to employ our attention wholly upon Him as upon an object actually present, to yield ourselves up to the influence of the Divine presence. Butler. References. IX. 20. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol.... read more

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