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Job 9:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Of a truth I know that it is so: But how can man be just with God?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I know [it to be] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with *God?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Of a truth, I know that so it is, But how can a mortal be just with GOD?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Truly I have known that [it is] so, And what—is man righteous with God?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Indeed I know it is so, and that man cannot be justified, compared with God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I know it [is] so of a trueth: but howe should man be iust with God.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— I know of a truth that it is so: for how shall a mortal man be just before the Lord?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with El?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I know 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[it is] so x3588
(3588) Complement
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.
(3651) Complement
From H3559; properly set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjugation) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles).
of a truth: 551
{0551} Prime
Adverb from H0544; verily.
but how x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
should man 582
{0582} Prime
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
be just 6663
{6663} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) right (in a moral or forensic sense).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
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).
“Ėl אֵל? 410
{0410} Prime
Shortened from H0352; strength; as adjective mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 9:2

_ _ I know it is so of a truth — that God does not “pervert justice” (Job 8:3). But (even though I be sure of being in the right) how can a mere man assert his right — (be just) with God. The Gospel answers (Romans 3:26).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 9:1-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 9:2

I know — That God is just in all his ways, that he doth ordinarily bless the righteous, and punish the wicked. Before God — And I know that no man is absolutely just, if God be severe to mark what is amiss in him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 9:2

I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be (a) just with God?

(a) Job here answers Eliphaz and Bildad's oration, touching the justice of God, and his innocency, confessing God to be infinite in justice and man to be nothing in respect.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Job 14:3-4 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? ... Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? not one.
Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?
Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
Job 34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.
1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
Psalms 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psalms 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

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1K 8:46. Jb 4:17; 14:3; 25:4; 32:2; 33:9; 34:5. Ps 130:3; 143:2. Ro 3:20.

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