Job 31:37
New International Version
I would give him an account of my every step; I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

New Living Translation
For I would tell him exactly what I have done. I would come before him like a prince.

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

Berean Study Bible
I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.)—

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

New King James Version
I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

New American Standard Bible
“I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince, I would approach Him.

NASB 1995
“I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

NASB 1977
“I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

Amplified Bible
“I would count out to Him the number of my steps [with every detail of my life], Approaching His presence as if I were a prince.

Christian Standard Bible
I would give him an account of all my steps; I would approach him like a prince.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would give Him an account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall show him the number of my steps, and like a Ruler I would declare it

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if I did not read it and return it, having taken nothing from the debtor:

Contemporary English Version
And with my head held high, I would tell him everything I have ever done.

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.

Good News Translation
I would tell God everything I have done, and hold my head high in his presence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would tell him the number of my steps and approach him like a prince.

International Standard Version
I'll give an account for every step I've taken; I'll approach him confidently like a Commander-in-Chief."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him.

Literal Standard Version
The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him.

NET Bible
I would give him an accounting of my steps; like a prince I would approach him.

New Heart English Bible
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

World English Bible
I would declare to him the number of my steps. as a prince would I go near to him.

Young's Literal Translation
The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown. 37I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.)— 38if my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together,…

Cross References
Job 1:3
and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man of all the people of the East.

Job 21:28
For you say, 'Where now is the nobleman's house, and where are the tents in which the wicked dwell?'

Job 29:25
I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of the mourners.

Job 31:4
Does He not see my ways and count my every step?

Job 31:36
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.


Treasury of Scripture

I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

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 mine own ways before him.

Job 14:16
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

as a

Genesis 32:28
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

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, yet without sin…









(37) I would declare--i.e., "I would readily give an account of all my actions, and meet him with alacrity and perfect confidence." Others suppose the meaning to be, "I would meet him as I would meet a prince, with the utmost deference and respect, not at all as an enemy, but as one worthy of all honour and regard." The actual meaning is uncertain. On the other hand, he has been spoken of by his friends: as a fool (Job 5:2), by Eliphaz; as a man full of words, a liar, and a mocker (Job 11:2-3), by Zophar; as perverse, wicked, and iniquitous (Job 11:12; Job 11:14); a blasphemer and a hypocrite, by Eliphaz (Job 15:4-5; Job 15:13; Job 15:16; Job 15:34, &c.); as wicked, a robber, and ignorant of God, by Bildad (Job 18:5; Job 18:14); as wicked and a hypocrite, by Zophar (Job 20:5); as extortionate and oppressive (Job 31:15; Job 31:19, &c.); as a tyrant and an impious man, by Eliphaz (Job 22:5; Job 22:9; Job 22:13; Job 22:17, &c.). . . . Verse 37. - I would declare unto him the number of my steps; i.e. I would conceal nothing. I would willingly divulge every act of my life. I would make full and complete answer to the indictment in every particular. As a prince would I go near unto him. There should be no timidity or cringing on my part. I would face my accuser boldly, and bear myself as a prince in his presence.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I would give
אַגִּידֶ֑נּוּ (’ag·gî·ḏen·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

account
מִסְפַּ֣ר (mis·par)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of all my steps;
צְ֭עָדַי (ṣə·‘ā·ḏay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6806: A pace, regular step

I would approach Him
אֲקָרֲבֶֽנּוּ׃ (’ă·qā·ră·ḇen·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7126: To come near, approach

like
כְּמוֹ־ (kə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's 3644: Like, as, when

a prince.
נָ֝גִ֗יד (nā·ḡîḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5057: A commander, civil, military, religious, honorable themes


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