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Job 9:2–3

2 “Truly I know it is so,

But how can a aman be brighteous before God?

3 If one wished to 1contend with Him,

He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.

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Job 9:2–3 — The New International Version (NIV)

“Indeed, I know that this is true.

But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?

Though they wished to dispute with him,

they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — English Standard Version (ESV)

“Truly I know that it is so:

But how can a man be in the right before God?

If one wished to contend with him,

one could not answer him once in a thousand times.

Job 9:2–3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

I know it is so of a truth:

But how should man be just with God?

If he will contend with him,

He cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

“Yes, I know all this is true in principle.

But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?

If someone wanted to take God to court,

would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?

Job 9:2–3 — New Century Version (NCV)

“Yes, I know that this is true,

but how can anyone be right in the presence of God?

Someone might want to argue with God,

but no one could answer God,

not one time out of a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Of a truth I know that it is so:

But how can man be just with God?

If he be pleased to contend with him,

He cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Of a truth I know it is so; but how can man be just with •God? If he shall choose to strive with him, he cannot answer him one thing of a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

“Yes, I know that this is true. 

But how can a mortal be declared righteous to God? 

If he wished to debate with God, 

he wouldn’t be able to answer one question in a thousand. 

Job 9:2–3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Yes, I know what you’ve said is true,

but how can a person be justified before God?

If one wanted to take Him to court,

he could not answer God once in a thousand times.

Job 9:2–3 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

“Indeed I know that this is so;

but how can a mortal be just before God?

If one wished to contend with him,

one could not answer him once in a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

“Truly I know that it is so,

but how can a human being be just before God?

If he wants to contend with him,

he cannot answer him one time in a thousand.

Job 9:2–3 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

“I’m sure that what you have said is true.

But how can human beings be right with God?

They might wish to argue with him.

But they couldn’t answer him

even once in a thousand times.

Job 9:2–3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

“In truth I know that this is so;

But how can a man be in the right before God?

If one wished to dispute with Him,

He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.


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