Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.
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George Leo Haydock
He himself. Hebrew, "my adversary would write a book. "His very accusation would establish my cause, provided he adhered to the truth. (Calmet)
I would carry it about as a trophy. (Haydock)
A book. The judge wrote down the sentence. Job appeals to God, and fears not being condemned.
42. The holy man after he related so many high achievements of the virtues in him, knowing well that he cannot attain to the things on high by his own deserts, seeks for a helper. And whom verily does he fix his eye on but the Only-begotten Son of God, Who whereas He took upon Him human nature travailing in this mortal state, did give help? For He helped man, being made Man; that because to mere man there was no way open of returning to God, there should be made a Way of returning by means of The God-Man [Homo-Deus.]. For we were far removed from the Righteous and Immortal One, being mortal and unrighteous. But between the Immortal and Righteous One and ourselves the mortal and unrighteous, appeared the Mediator of God and man, mortal and righteous, Who might at once own death with mortals, and righteousness with God; that whereas by our things below we were far removed from things above, He might in Himself singly unite the things below with the things above, and that herein there mig...
Since he had been driven to the confession of his virtues both by the accusations of his friends and his pious devotion to God [and from the fear of God his virtues had proceeded], he now chooses to add the testimony of the sentence of the Judge in support of his words, so that, after God had declared that he had said the truth, no one among his opponents may deny it. - "Exposition on the Book of Job 31.35"