Job 31:37
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English Standard Version
I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.

King James Bible
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

American Standard Version
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At every step of mine I would pronounce it, and offer it as to a prince.

English Revised Version
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

31 If the people of my tent were not obliged to say:

Where would there be one who has not been satisfied with his flesh?! -

32 The stranger did not lodge out of doors,

I opened my door towards the street.

Instead of אמרוּ, it might also be יאמרוּ (dicebant); the perf., however, better denotes not merely what happens in a general way, but what must come to pass. The "people of the tent" are all who belong to it, like the Arab. ahl (tent, metonym. dwellers in the tent), here pre-eminently the servants, but without the expression in itself excluding wife, children, and relations. The optative מי־יתּן, so often spoken of already, is here, as in Job 31:35; Job 14:4; Job 29:2, followed by the acc. objecti, for נשׂבּע is part. with the long accented a (quis exhibebit or exhibeat non saturatum), and מבּשׂרו is not meant of the flesh of the person (as even the lxx in bad taste renders: that his maids would have willingly eaten him, their kind master, up from love to him), but of the flesh of the cattle of the host. Our translation follows the accentuation, which, however, perhaps proceeds from an interpretation like that of Arnheim given above. His constant and ready hospitality is connected with the mention of his abundant care and provision for his own household. It is unnecessary to take ארח, with the ancient versions, for ארח, or so to read it; לארח signifies towards the street, where travellers are to be expected, comp. Pirke aboth i.:5: "May thy house be open into the broad place (לרוחה), and may the poor be thy guests." The Arabs pride themselves on the exercise of hospitality. "To open a guest-chamber" is the same as to establish one's own household in Arabic. Stories of judgments by which the want of hospitality has been visited, form an important element of the popular traditions of the Arabs.

(Note: In the spring of 1860 - relates Wetzstein - as I came out of the forest of Glan, I saw the water of Rm lying before us, that beautiful round crater in which a brook that runs both summer and winter forms a clear but fishless lake, the outflow of which underground is recognised as the fountain of the Jordan, which breaks forth below in the valley out of the crater Tell el-Kadi; and I remarked to my companion, the physician Regeb, the unusual form of the crater, when my Beduins, full of astonishment, turned upon me with the question, "What have you Franks heard of the origin of this lake?" On being asked what they knew about it, they related how that many centuries ago a flourishing village once stood here, the fields of which were the plain lying between the water and the village of Megdel Shems. One evening a poor traveller came while the men were sitting together in the open place in the middle of the village, and begged for a supper and a resting-place for the night, which they refused him. When he assured them that he had eaten nothing since the day before, an old woman amidst general laughter reached out a gelle (a cake of dried cow-dung, which is used for fuel), and drove him out of the village. Thereupon the man went to the village of Nimra (still standing, south of the lake), where he related his misfortune, and was taken in by them. The next morning, when the inhabitants of Nimra woke, they found a lake where the neighbouring village had stood.)

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declare

Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain my own ways before him.

Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

Job 42:3-6 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me...

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

as a

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince have you power with God and with men...

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 4:15,16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are...

1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him...

Cross References
Job 1:3
He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Job 21:28
For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'

Job 29:25
I chose their way and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

Job 31:4
Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?

Job 31:36
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;

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