Job 13:20

20 “Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you:

Job 13:20 in Other Translations

20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
20 Only grant me two things, then I will not hide myself from your face:
20 “O God, grant me these two things, and then I will be able to face you.
20 "Please, God, I have two requests; grant them so I'll know I count with you:
20 Only grant [these] two things to me, [God], so that I will not have to hide from Your presence:

Job 13:20 Meaning and Commentary

Job 13:20

Only do not two [things] unto me
This is an address not to Zophar as in the place of God, as to me, but to God himself; by this it appears, that though in modesty he does not mention him, yet he it is he has the chief, if not the sole regard unto in ( Job 13:19 ) ; for his desire was to speak to the Almighty, and reason with God, and have nothing more to do with his friends, ( Job 13:3-5 ) ; but before any pleadings begin on either side, he is desirous of settling and fixing the terms and conditions of the dispute; he requests that two things might be granted him, which are mentioned in ( Job 13:21 ) :

then will I not hide myself from thee;
through fear or shame, but boldly appear before God, and come up even to his seat, and plead with him face to face.

Job 13:20 In-Context

18 Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.
19 Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.
20 “Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you:
21 Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.
22 Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me.
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