Job 9:32

32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

Job 9:32 in Other Translations

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
32 “God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
32 "God and I are not equals; I can't bring a case against him. We'll never enter a courtroom as peers.
32 For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, that we can take each other to court.

Job 9:32 Meaning and Commentary

Job 9:32

For [he is] not a man, as I [am]
For though the parts and members of an human body are sometimes ascribed to him, yet these are to be understood by an anthropopathy, speaking after the manner of men, there being something in him, which in a figurative sense answers to these; otherwise we are not to conceive of any corporeal shape in him, or that there is any likeness to which he is to be compared: he is a spirit infinite, immortal, immense, invisible, pure and holy, just and true, and without iniquity; whereas Job was but a man, a finite, feeble, mortal creature, and a sinful one; and therefore there being such a vast disparity between them, it was in vain to litigate a point with him, to plead his cause before him, or attempt to vindicate his innocence; the potsherds may strive and contend with the potsherds of the earth their equals, but not with God their Creator, who is more than a match for them; he sees impurity where man sees it not, and can bring a charge against him, and support it, where he thought there was none, and therefore it is a vain thing to enter the lists with him:

[that] I should answer him;
not to questions put by him, but in a judicial way to charges and accusations he should exhibit; no man in this sense can answer him, for one of a thousand he may bring, and men are chargeable with; wherefore Job once and again determines he would not pretend to answer him, as he knew he could not, see ( Job 9:3 Job 9:14 Job 9:15 ) ;

[and] we should come together in judgment;
in any court of judicature, before any judge, to have the cause between us heard, and tried, and determined; for in what court of judicature can he be convened into? or what judge is there above him, before whom he can be summoned? or is capable of judging and determining the cause between us? there is the high court of heaven, where we must all appear, and the judgment seat of Christ, before which we must all stand; and God is the judge of all, to whom we must come, and by whose sentence we must be determined; but there is no court, no judge, no judgment superior to him and his; there is no annulling his sentence, or making an appeal from him to another; there is no coming together at all, and much less "alike" F16, as some render it, or upon equal terms; the difference between him and his creatures being so vastly great.


F16 (wdxy) "pariter", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius.

Job 9:32 In-Context

30 Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Numbers 23:19
  • 2. S ver 3; Romans 9:20
  • 3. Psalms 143:2; Ecclesiastes 6:10
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