Job 31:7
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,

Berean Study Bible
If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has followed my eyes, or if impurity 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;

New King James Version
If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart walked after my eyes, Or if any spot adheres 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,

NASB 1995
"If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

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

Amplified Bible
“If my step has turned away from the way [of God], Or if my heart has [covetously] followed my eyes, Or if any spot [of guilt] has stained my hands,

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I have turned my goings away from the road, and if my heart goes after my eyes, and if anything is stuck in me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
if my foot has turned aside out of the way, or if mine heart has followed mine eye, and if too I have touched gifts with my hands;

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

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:

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:

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,

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],

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,

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;

Literal Standard Version
If my step turns aside from the way, "" And my heart has gone after my eyes, "" And blemish has cleaved 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,

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
6let God weigh me with honest scales, that He may know my integrity. 7If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has followed my eyes, or if impurity has stuck to my hands, 8then may another eat what I have sown, and may 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
Yet a righteous one holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

Job 23:11
My feet have followed in His tracks; I have kept His way without turning aside.

Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, O young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.


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 to a strange god; …

mine heart

Numbers 15:39
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Ezekiel 6:9
And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

cleaved

Psalm 101:3
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Isaiah 33:15
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִ֥ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

my steps
אַשֻּׁרִי֮ (’aš·šu·rî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 838: Step, going

have turned
תִּטֶּ֣ה (tiṭ·ṭeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

from
מִנִּ֪י (min·nî)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the path,
הַ֫דָּ֥רֶךְ (had·dā·reḵ)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

if my heart
לִבִּ֑י (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

has followed
וְאַחַ֣ר (wə·’a·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

my eyes,
עֵ֭ינַי (‘ê·nay)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

or impurity
מֻאֽוּם׃‪‬ (mu·’ūm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3971: To stain, a blemish

has stuck
דָּ֣בַק (dā·ḇaq)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to my hands,
וּ֝בְכַפַּ֗י (ū·ḇə·ḵap·pay)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan


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