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Job 40:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Shall he that will contend with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth +God, let him answer it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Shall a reprover contend, with the Almighty? He that disputeth with GOD, let him answer it!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Is the striver with the Mighty instructed? The reprover of God, let him answer it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Shall hee that contendeth with the Almightie, instruct [him]? he that reproueth God, let him answere it.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Will [any one] pervert judgment with the Mighty One? and he that reproves God, let him return it for answer.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Shall he that contendeth with Shadday instruct [him]? he that reproveth Eloah, let him answer it.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Shall he that contendeth 7378
{7378} Prime
A primitive root; properly to toss, that is, grapple; mostly figuratively to wrangle, that is, hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
with x5973
(5973) Complement
From H6004; adverb or preposition, with (that is, in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English).
adday שַׁדַּי 7706
{7706} Prime
From H7703; the Almighty.
instruct 3250
{3250} Prime
From H3256; a reprover.
[him]? he that reproveth 3198
{3198} Prime
A primitive root; to be right (that is, correct); reciprocally to argue; causatively to decide, justify or convict.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
lh אֱלוֹהַ, 433
{0433} Prime
(The second form is rare); probably prolonged (emphatically) from H0410; a deity or the deity.
let him 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
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 40:2

_ _ he that contendeth — as Job had so often expressed a wish to do. Or, rebuketh. Does Job now still (after seeing and hearing of God’s majesty and wisdom) wish to set God right?

_ _ answer it — namely, the questions I have asked.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 40:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 40:2

Reproveth — That boldly censureth his ways or works; it is at his peril.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 40:2

Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty (q) instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

(q) Is this the way for a man that will learn, to strive with God? which he reproves in Job.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
Job 33:13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it [is] man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Isaiah 45:9-11 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! [Let] the potsherd [strive] with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? ... Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Isaiah 50:8 [He is] near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who [is] mine adversary? let him come near to me.
1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?


Isaiah 40:14 With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

he that reproveth:

Job 3:11-12 Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? ... Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
Job 3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter [in] soul;
Job 3:23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
Job 7:12 [Am] I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
Job 7:19-21 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? ... And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I [shall] not [be].
Job 9:17-18 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause. ... He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
Job 9:32-35 For [he is] not a man, as I [am, that] I should answer him, [and] we should come together in judgment. ... [Then] would I speak, and not fear him; but [it is] not so with me.
Job 10:3-7 [Is it] good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked? ... Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and [there is] none that can deliver out of thine hand.
Job 10:14-17 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity. ... Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war [are] against me.
Job 13:21-27 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid. ... Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
Job 14:16-17 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? ... My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
Job 16:11-21 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. ... O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleadeth] for his neighbour!
Job 19:6-11 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. ... He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as [one of] his enemies.
Job 27:2 [As] God liveth, [who] hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, [who] hath vexed my soul;
Job 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
Ezekiel 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
Matthew 20:11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Romans 9:19-23 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? ... And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Romans 11:34-36 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? ... For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.
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Jb 3:11, 20, 23; 7:12, 19; 9:3, 17, 32; 10:3, 14; 13:21; 14:16; 16:11; 19:6; 27:2; 30:21; 33:13. Ec 6:10. Is 40:14; 45:9; 50:8. Ezk 18:2. Mt 20:11. Ro 9:19; 11:34. 1Co 2:16; 10:22.

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