Job 31:7
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New International Version
if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,

New Living Translation
If I have strayed from his pathway, or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen, or if I am guilty of any other sin,

English Standard Version
if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands,

New American Standard Bible
"If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

King James Bible
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

Christian Standard Bible
If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,

Contemporary English Version
If I have disobeyed him or even wanted to,

Good News Translation
If I have turned from the right path or let myself be attracted to evil, if my hands are stained with sin,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,

International Standard Version
If I have stepped away from the way, or if my heart covets whatever my eyes see, or if some other blemish clings to my hands,

NET Bible
If my footsteps have strayed from the way, if my heart has gone after my eyes, or if anything has defiled my hands,

New Heart English Bible
if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If my steps have left the [proper] path, or my heart has followed [the desire of] my eyes, or my hands are stained [with sin],

JPS Tanakh 1917
If my step hath turned out of the way, And my heart walked after mine eyes, And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands;

New American Standard 1977
“If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If my step has turned out of the way and my heart walked after my eyes and if any blot has cleaved to my hands,

King James 2000 Bible
If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any spot has cleaved to my hands;

American King James Version
If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot has stuck to my hands;

American Standard Version
If my step hath turned out of the way, And my heart walked after mine eyes, And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If my step hath turned out of the way, and if my heart hath followed my eyes, and if a spot hath cleaved to my hands:

Darby Bible Translation
If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;

English Revised Version
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any spot hath cleaved to mine hands:

Webster's Bible Translation
If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to my hands;

World English Bible
if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,

Young's Literal Translation
If my step doth turn aside from the way, And after mine eyes hath my heart gone, And to my hands cleaved hath blemish,
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
6Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity. 7"If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands, 8Let me sow and another eat, And let my crops be uprooted.…
Cross References
Job 9:30
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,

Job 17:9
"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

Job 23:11
"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.

Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.
Treasury of Scripture

If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot has stuck to my hands;

If my

Psalm 44:20,21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands …

mine heart

Numbers 15:39 And it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Ezekiel 6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations where …

Ezekiel 14:3,7 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and …

Matthew 5:29 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you…

cleaved

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises …

(7) If my step hath turned out of the way--The form of the expression is very emphatic: the narrow way of strict integrity and righteousness. (Compare the expression applied to the first believers, Acts 9:2--men of the way.)

Verse 7. - If my step hath turned out of the way. If; i.e., I have at any time knowingly and voluntarily departed from the way of thy commandments, as made known to me either by godly men or by thy law written in my heart, then let the consequences follow that are mentioned in the next verse. Or if mine heart hath walked after mine eyes, and if consequently any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; i.e. if I have been guilty of any plain act of sin. It is to be remembered that Job has the testimony of God himself to the fact that he was "a perfect and an upright man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil (Job 2:3). If my step hath turned out of the way,.... The way of God, the way of his commandments, the good and right way, the way of truth and righteousness, so far as Job had knowledge of it: for, besides the law and light of nature the Gentiles had in common, good men had some revelation, and notions of the mind and will of God unto them, both before and after the flood, previous to the Mosaic dispensation; which in some measure directed them what way to walk in, with respect to worship and duty; and from this way Job swerved not; not that he walked so perfectly in it as to be free from sin, and never commit any; or that he never took a step out of the way, or stepped awry; but he did not knowingly, wittingly, and purposely turn out of the way; and when, through infirmity of the flesh, the temptations of Satan, and snares of the world, he was drawn aside, he did not obstinately and finally persist therein; though this may have respect not to sin in general, but to the particular sin he is clearing himself from, namely, dealing falsely and deceitfully with men, in whatsoever he had to do with them, in matters of "meum" and "tuum"; or with regard to the rules of justice and equity between man and man, he was not conscious to himself he had departed from them; a like expression to those in Psalm 7:3, where some particular sin is referred unto:

and mine heart walked after mine eyes; meaning not in the lust of uncleanness, of which he had spoken before, as such do whose eyes are full of adultery; but in the sin of covetousness, so Achan's heart walked after his eyes, Joshua 7:20; and this is one of the three things the world is full of, and the men of it indulge themselves in, the lust of the eyes, 1 John 2:16; the sense is, that when he saw the riches and wealth of others, he did not covet them, nor take any illicit methods to get them out of their hands; or, when he saw the goods they were possessed of, and had with them to dispose of, he did not take the advantage of their ignorance, or use any evil ways and means to cheat and beguile them of them: it is pleasing to the flesh for the heart to walk after the eye, or to indulge to that which it is taken with; but it is very vain and foolish, as well as very dangerous so to do, Ecclesiastes 2:10; a good man chooses a better guide than his eyes; even to be a follower of God, to tread in the steps of his living Redeemer, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and according to the law and will of God:

and if any blot cleaved to my hands; any spot, stain, or blemish, as all sin is of a defiling nature, particularly the hands may be blotted by shedding innocent blood, by taking bribes to pervert judgment; which the Septuagint version directs to here; and by getting, holding, and retaining mammon of unrighteousness, or ill gotten goods; which is what is chiefly if not solely intended here; for it may be rendered, "if any thing hath cleaved", &c. so Aben Ezra and Ben Gersom; for the word signifies both a "blot" and "anything": and the Targum takes in both senses: the meaning seems to be, that there was not anything of another man's in his hands, which he had taken from him by force and violence, or find obtained by any deceitful methods, and which he held fast, and it stuck with him as pitch to the hands, and he did not care to part with it, or restore it, whereby his hands were defiled; otherwise Job had no such opinion of the cleanness of his hands and actions, as if he thought there was no spot of sin in them, or only such as he could wash out himself; he clearly speaks the contrary, Job 9:30; which is the sense of every good man, who, conscious of his spots and blemishes, washes his hands, his actions, his conversation garments, and makes them white in the blood of the Lamb; and such, and such only, have clean hands. 7. Connected with Job 31:6.

the way—of God (Job 23:11; Jer 5:5). A godly life.

heart … after … eyes—if my heart coveted, what my eyes beheld (Ec 11:9; Jos 7:21).

hands—(Ps 24:4).31:1-8 Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is best to let our actions speak for us; but in some cases we owe it to ourselves and to the cause of God, solemnly to protest our innocence of the crimes of which we are falsely accused. The lusts of the flesh, and the love of the world, are two fatal rocks on which multitudes split; against these Job protests he was always careful to stand upon his guard. And God takes more exact notice of us than we do of ourselves; let us therefore walk circumspectly. He carefully avoided all sinful means of getting wealth. He dreaded all forbidden profit as much as all forbidden pleasure. What we have in the world may be used with comfort, or lost with comfort, if honestly gotten. Without strict honestly and faithfulness in all our dealings, we can have no good evidence of true godliness. Yet how many professors are unable to abide this touchstone!
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