Job 37:20

“Shall it bee told him that I speake? if a man speake, surely he shalbe swallowed vp.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
- King James Version

"Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
- American Standard Version (1901)

How may he have knowledge of my desire for talk with him? or did any man ever say, May destruction come on me?
- Basic English Bible

Shall it be told him if I would speak? if a man [so] say, surely he shall be swallowed up.
- Darby Bible

Shall it be told him that I speak? If a man shall speak, surely he will be swallowed up.
- Webster's Bible

Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
- World English Bible

Is it declared to Him that I speak? If a man hath spoken, surely he is swallowed up.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 37:20


37:20 Shall - I send a challenge to God, or a message that I am ready to debate with him concerning his proceedings? Speak - If a man should be so bold to enter the lists with God. Swallowed up - With the sense of his infinite majesty.


Discussion for Job 37

  • AJ
    Thank you ANNE, i read the commentary to help understand what is being the "point" And the point i get now , was Job is still suffering and Elihu is counselling
  • Chosen
    the book of JOB has a wealth of insight into the awesome power (all power!) of our Almighty Creator Jehovah GOD. Having lived thru 58 wisconsin winters, i can personally testify to Job 37:9
  • Mick
    I AM THAT I AM: Our Lord Jesus is GOD INCARNATE, not Michael. This is a false teaching of the Watchtower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) and needs to be rightly repented of as it is soul-destroying (literally). John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the word WAS GOD.
  • I AM THAT I AM
    To all: whom God the Father will give repentance. Repent NOW of thy wickedness and believe the Gospel. The Gospel of God is this: Jesus Christ, even the Christ child, MICHAEL: is come in the flesh. The Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Turn to God with a true heart. REPENT NOW AND ASK JESUS TO SAVE YOU FROM THIS HELL. Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • Charlie Burgess
    God's greatness can not be fantum by any no matter how knowledgeable.
  • Anne
    Elihu is counselling and reminding Job of the greatness and excellency of God. He is a God of power, order and details and man cannot fathom his greatness.

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