If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
Treasury of Scripture
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Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered?
Job 36:17-19 But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on you...
Job 40:9,10 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him...
Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
Job 9:32,33 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment...
Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.
Job 33:5-7 If you can answer me, set your words in order before me, stand up...
ContextJob: No Arbiter Between God and Man
1Then Job answered and said, 2I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? 3If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. 4He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and has prospered? 5Which removes the mountains, and they know not: which overturns them in his anger. 6Which shakes the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7Which commands the sun, and it rises not; and seals up the stars. 8Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea. 9Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. 10Which does great things past finding out; yes, and wonders without number. 11See, he goes by me, and I see him not: he passes on also, but I perceive him not. 12Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What do you? 13If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him. 14How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him? 15Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge. 16If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had listened to my voice. 17For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause. 18He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness. 19If I speak of strength, see, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? 20If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. 21Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life. 22This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked. 23If the whip slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent. 24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he? 25Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. 26They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastens to the prey. 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: 28I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent. 29If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain? 30If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; 31Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me. 32For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. 33Neither is there any judge between us, that might lay his hand on us both. 34Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: 35Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
If we speak of strength, lo, he is mighty! And if of justice, Who,'saith he , will summon me?
If strength be demanded, he is most strong: if equity of judgment, no man dare bear witness for me.
Darby Bible Translation
Be it a question of strength, lo, he is strong; and be it of judgment, who will set me a time?
King James Bible
If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?
Young's Literal Translation
If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?