New American Standard Bible
My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.
King James Bible
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
Darby Bible Translation
My lips shall not speak unrighteousness, nor my tongue utter deceit!
World English Bible
surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Young's Literal Translation
My lips do not speak perverseness, And my tongue doth not utter deceit.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My lips shall not speak wickedness - This solemn profession made on oath might have done something to allay the suspicions of his friends in regard to him, and to show that they had been mistaken in his character. It is a solemn assurance that he did not mean to vindicate the cause of wickedness, or to say one word in its favor; and that as long as he lived he would never be found advocating it.
Nor my tongue utter deceit - I will never make any use of sophistry; I will not attempt to make "the worse appear the better reason;" I will not be the advocate of error. This had always been the aim of Job, and he now says that no circumstance should ever induce him to pursue a different course as long as he lived. Probably he means, also, as the following verse seems to imply, that no consideration should ever induce him to countenance error or to palliate wrong. He would not be deterred from expressing his sentiments by any dread of opposition, or even by any respect for his friends. No friendship which he might have for them would induce him to justify what he honestly regarded as error.
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The interior man is the rational soul; in the apostle: have in your hearts, in the interior man, Christ through faith. [Eph. 3:16] His head is Christ; in the apostle: the head of the man is Christ. [I Cor. 11:3] The crown of the head is the height of righteousness; in Solomon: for the crown of your head has received the crown of grace. The same in a bad part: the crown of hairs having walked about in their own delights, that is, in the height of iniquity. [Prov. 4:9; Ps. 67(68):22(21)] The hair is …
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The Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
"Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.
"Will you speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him?
Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.
"Now if it is not so, who can prove me a liar, And make my speech worthless?"
"My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.
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