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Job 31:35 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Oh that I had one to hear me! (Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); And [that I had] the indictment which mine adversary hath written!
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is], [that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] my adversary had written a book.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Oh that I had one to hear me, Lo! my crossmark, May, the Almighty, answer me! And would that, a book, mine opponent had written!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Who giveth to me a hearing? lo, my mark. The Mighty One doth answer me, And a bill hath mine adversary written.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who would grant me a hearing, that the Almighty may hear my desire: and that he himself that judgeth would write a book,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O that one would heare me! beholde, my desire [is, that] the Almightie would answere me, and that mine aduersary had written a booke.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— (Oh that I had a hearer,) and if I had not feared the hand of the Lord; and [as to] the written charge which I had against any one,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] Shadday would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Oh that y5414
[5414] Standard
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
one would x5414
(5414) Complement
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
hear 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
me! behold, x2005
(2005) Complement
A primitive particle; lo! also (as expressing surprise) if.
my desire 8420
{8420} Prime
From H8427; a mark; by implication a signature.
[is, that] Šadday שַׁדַּי 7706
{7706} Prime
From H7703; the Almighty.
would answer 6030
{6030} Prime
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
me, and [that] mine adversary 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
{7379} Prime
From H7378; a contest (personal or legal).
had written 3789
{3789} Prime
A primitive root; to grave; by implication to write (describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
a book. 5612
{5612} Prime
From H5608; properly writing (the art or a document); by implication a book.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 31:35

_ _ Job returns to his wish (Job 13:22; Job 19:23). Omit “is”; “Behold my sign,” that is, my mark of subscription to the statements just given in my defense: the mark of signature was originally a cross; and hence the letter Tau or T. Translate, also “Oh, that the Almighty,” etc. He marks “God” as the “One” meant in the first clause.

_ _ adversary — that is, he who contends with me, refers also to God. The vagueness is designed to express “whoever it be that judicially opposes me” — the Almighty if it be He.

_ _ had written a book — rather, “would write down his charge.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 31:33-40.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 31:35

Had written — Had given me his charge written in a book or paper, as the manner was in judicial proceedings. This shews that Job did not live, before letters were in use. And undoubtedly the first letters were those wrote on the two tables, by the finger of God. He wishes, his friends, who charged him with hypocrisy, would draw up the charge in writing.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 31:35

Oh that one would hear me! behold, my (a) desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.

(a) This is a sufficient token of my righteousness, that God is my witness and will justify my cause.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
Job 17:3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who [is] he [that] will strike hands with me?
Job 23:3-7 Oh that I knew where I might find him! [that] I might come [even] to his seat! ... There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
Job 33:6 Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 38:1-3 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, ... Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Job 40:4-5 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. ... Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me:
or, my sign is that the Almighty will answer me,
Job 13:21-22 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid. ... Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
Psalms 26:1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; [therefore] I shall not slide.


Job 13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
Job 19:11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as [one of] his enemies.
Job 19:23-24 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! ... That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
Job 33:10-11 Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, ... He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
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Jb 13:3, 21, 24; 17:3; 19:11, 23; 23:3; 33:6, 10; 38:1; 40:4. Ps 26:1. Mt 5:25.

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