Job 32:1
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English Standard Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

King James Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

American Standard Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he seemed just to himself.

English Revised Version
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

35 O that I had one who would hear me!

Behold my signature-the Almighty will answer me -

And the writing which my opponent hath written!

36 Truly I will carry it upon my shoulder,

I will wind it about me as a crown.

37 The number of my steps I will recount to Him,

As a prince will I draw near to Him.

The wish that he might find a ready willing hearer is put forth in a general way, but, as is clear in itself, and as it becomes manifest from what follows, refers to Him who, because it treats of a contradiction between the outward appearance and the true but veiled fact, as searcher of the heart, is the only competent judge. It may not be translated: et libellum (the indictment, or even: the reply to Job's self-defence) scribat meus adversarius (Dachselt, Rosenm., Welte) - the accentuation seems to proceed from this rendering, but it ought to be וכתב ספר; if כּתב governed by יענני were intended to be equivalent to יכתּב, and referred to God, the longing would be, as it runs, an unworthy and foolish one - nor: (O that I had one who would hear me ... ) and had the indictment, which my adversary has written (Ew., Hirz., Schlottm.) - for וספר is too much separated from מי יתּן by what intervenes - in addition to which comes the consideration that the wish, as it is expressed, cannot be referred to God, but only to the human opponent, whose accusations Job has no occasion to wish to hear, since he has already heard amply sufficient even in detail. Therefore הן (instead of הן with a conjunctive accent, as otherwise with Makkeph) will point not merely to תּוי, but also to liber quem scripsit adversarius meus as now lying before them, and the parenthetical שׁדּי יענני will express a desire for the divine decision in the cause now formally prepared for trial, ripe for discussion. By תּוי, my sign, i.e., my signature (comp. Ezekiel 9:4, and Arab. tiwa, a branded sign in the form of a cross), Job intends the last word to his defence which he has just spoken, Job 31:1; it is related to all his former confessions as a confirmatory mark set below them; it is his ultimatum, as it were, the letter and seal to all that he has hitherto said about his innocence in opposition to the friends and God. Moreover, he also has the indictment of the triumvirate which has come forward as his opponent in his hands. Their so frequently repeated verbal accusations are fixed as if written; both - their accusation and his defence - lie before him, as it were, in the documentary form of legal writings. Thus, then, he wishes an observant impartial hearer for this his defence; or more exactly: he wishes that the Almighty may answer, i.e., decide. Hahn interprets just as much according to the syntax, but understanding by תוי the witness which Job carries in his breast, and by ספר וגו the testimony to his innocence written by God in his own consciousness; which is inadmissible, because, as we have often remarked already, אישׁ ריבי (comp. Job 16:21) cannot be God himself.

In Job 31:36 Job now says how he will appear before Him with this indictment of his opponent, if God will only condescend to speak the decisive word. He will wear it upon his shoulder as a mark of his dignity (comp. Isaiah 22:22; Isaiah 9:5), and wind it about him as a magnificent crown of diadems intertwined and heaped up one above another (Revelation 19:12, comp. Khler on Zechariah 6:11) - confident of his victory at the outset; for he will give Him, the heart-searcher, an account of all his steps, and in the exalted consciousness of his innocence, he will approach Him as a prince (קרב intensive of Kal). How totally different from Adam, who was obliged to be drawn out of his hiding-place, and tremblingly, because conscious of guilt, underwent the examination of the omniscient God! Job is not conscious of cowardly and slyly hidden sins; no secret accursed thing is cherished in the inmost recesses of his heart and home.

Job 32:1 Parallel Commentaries

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to answer. Heb. from answering. righteous

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my righteousness is in it.

Job 10:2,7 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; show me why you contend with me...

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

Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

Job 27:4-6 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit...

Job 29:11-17 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me...

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

*etc:

Job 33:9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

Cross References
Job 10:7
although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?

Job 13:18
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.

Job 27:5
Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

Job 27:6
I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.

Job 31:6
(Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!)

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