Job 13:16
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English Standard Version
This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him.

King James Bible
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

American Standard Version
This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he shall be my saviour: for no hypocrite shall come before his presence.

English Revised Version
This also shall be my salvation; for a godless man shall not come before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him.

Job 13:16 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

7 Will ye speak what is wrong for God,

And speak what is deceitful for Him?

8 Will ye be partial for Him,

Or will ye play the part of God's advocates?

9 Would it be pleasant if He should search you out,

Or can ye jest with Him, as one jesteth with men?

10 He will surely expose you

If ye secretly act with partiality.

11 Will not His majesty confound you,

And His fear fall upon you?

Their advocacy of God - this is the thought of this strophe - is an injustice to Job, and an evil service rendered to God, which cannot escape undisguised punishment from Him. They set themselves up as God's advocates (לאל ריב, like לבּעל ריב, Judges 6:31), and at the same time accept His person, accipiunt (as in acceptus equals gratus), or lift it up, i.e., favour, or give preference to, His person, viz., at the expense of the truth: they are partial in His favour, as they are twice reminded and given to understand by the fut. energicum תּשּׂאוּן. The addition of בּסּתר (Job 13:10) implies that they conceal their better knowledge by the assumption of an earnest tone and bearing, expressive of the strongest conviction that they are in the right. They know that Job is not a flagrant sinner; nevertheless they deceive themselves with the idea that he is, and by reason of this delusion they take up the cause of God against him. Such perversion of the truth in majorem Dei gloriam is an abomination to God. When He searches them, His advocates, out (חקר, as Prov.Job 28:11), they will become conscious of it; or will God be mocked, as one mocketh mortal men? Comp. Galatians 6:7 for a similar thought. חתל is inf. absol. after the form תּללּ, and תּהתלּוּ is also to be derived from תּללּ, and is fut. Hiph., the preformative not being syncopated, for תּתלּוּ (Ges. 53, rem. 7); not Piel, from התל (as 1 Kings 18:27), with the doubling of the middle radical resolved (Olsh. in his Lehrb. S. 577). God is not pleased with λατρεία (John 16:2) which gives the honour to Him, but not to truth, such ζῆλος Θεοῦ ἀλλ ̓ ου ̓ κατ ̓ ἐπίγνωσιν (Romans 10:2), such advocacy contrary to one's better knowledge and conscience, in which the end is thought to sanctify the means. Such advocacy must be put to shame and confounded when He who needs no concealment of the truth for His justification is manifest in His שׂאת, i.e., not: in the kindling of His wrath (after Judges 20:38; Isaiah 30:27), but: in His exaltation (correctly by Ralbag: התנשׂאותו ורוממותו), and by His direct influence brings all untruth to light. It is the boldest thought imaginable, that one dare not have respect even to the person of God when one is obliged to lie to one's self. And still it is also self-evident. For God and truth can never be antagonistic.

Job 13:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

my salvation

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God...

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 62:6,7 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved...

Psalm 118:14,21 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation...

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song...

Jeremiah 3:23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains...

Acts 13:47 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a light of the Gentiles...

for an hypocrite

Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?...

Cross References
Job 8:13
Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.

Job 13:17
Keep listening to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.

Job 23:7
There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.

Job 34:21
"For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps.

Isaiah 12:1
You will say in that day: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.

Isaiah 12:2
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."

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