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Job 9:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me: Though I be perfect, it shall prove me perverse.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If I justify myself, my own mouth will condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, that also will prove me perverse.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If I justified myself, mine own mouth would condemn me; were I perfect, he would prove me perverse.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If I should justify myself, mine own mouth, would condemn me,—I blameless? then had it shewn me perverse.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am!—it declareth me perverse.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If I would justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I would shew myself innocent, he shall prove me wicked.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If I iustifie my selfe, mine [owne] mouth shall condemne me: [If I say], I am perfect, it shall also prooue me peruerse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For though I should seem righteous, my mouth will be profane: and though I should seem blameless, I shall be proved perverse.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If x518
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
I justify 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
myself, mine own mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
shall condemn 7561
{7561} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causatively do or declare) wrong; by implication to disturb, violate.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
me: [if I say], I x589
(0589) Complement
Contracted from H0595; I.
[am] perfect, 8535
{8535} Prime
From H8552; complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically gentle, dear.
it shall also prove me perverse. 6140
{6140} Prime
A primitive root; to knot or distort; figuratively to pervert (act or declare perverse).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 9:20

_ _ it — (Job 15:6; Luke 19:22); or “He,” God.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 9:14-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 9:20

Justify — If I plead against God mine own righteousness and innocency.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 9:20

If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: (o) [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

(o) If I stood in my own defence yet God would have just cause to condemn me if he examined my heart and conscience.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 9:2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Job 32:1-2 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes. ... 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.
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.
Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.


Job 15:5-6 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. ... Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
Job 34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words [were] without wisdom.
Job 35:16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
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.
James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.

I am perfect:

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. ... Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

it shall:

Job 33:8-13 Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying], ... Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Proverbs 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
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Jb 1:1; 4:17; 9:2; 15:5; 32:1; 33:8; 34:35; 35:16. Ps 130:3; 143:2. Pv 10:19; 17:20. Is 6:5. Mt 12:36. Lk 10:29; 16:15. Php 3:12. 1Ti 6:5. Jm 3:2.

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