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Job 37:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Shall it be told him if I would speak? if a man [so] say, surely he shall be swallowed up.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Shall it be declared to him—that I would speak? Were any man to say aught, he might he destroyed?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Is it declared to Him that I speak? If a man hath spoken, surely he is swallowed up.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who shall tell him the things I speak? even if a man shall speak, he shall be swallowed up.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Shall it bee told him that I speake? if a man speake, surely he shalbe swallowed vp.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Have I a book or a scribe my me, that I may stand and put man to silence?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Shall it be told 5608
{5608} Prime
סָפַר
caphar
{saw-far'}
A primitive root; properly to score with a mark as a tally or record, that is, (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively to recount, that is, celebrate.
z8792
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
him that x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
I speak? 1696
{1696} Prime
דִּבֵּר
dabar
{daw-bar'}
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
if x518
(0518) Complement
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
a man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
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.).
speak, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
surely x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
he shall be swallowed up. 1104
{1104} Prime
בּלע
bala`
{beh'-lah}
A primitive root; to make away with (specifically by swallowing); generally to destroy.
z8792
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 37:20

_ _ What I a mortal say against God’s dealings is not worthy of being told HIM. In opposition to Job’s wish to “speak” before God (Job 13:3, Job 13:18-22).

_ _ if ... surely he shall be swallowed up — The parallelism more favors Umbreit, “Durst a man speak (before Him, complaining) that he is (without cause) being destroyed?

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 37:14-20.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 37:20

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

(q) Has God need that any should tell him when man murmurs against him?

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Shall it:

Psalms 139:4 For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. ... For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

surely:

Job 6:3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.
Job 11:7-8 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? ... [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
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Jb 6:3; 11:7. Ps 139:4. Mt 12:36.

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