New American Standard Bible
"I was a father to the needy, And I investigated the case which I did not know.
King James Bible
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Darby Bible Translation
I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out;
World English Bible
I was a father to the needy. The cause of him who I didn't know, I searched out.
Young's Literal Translation
A father I am to the needy, And the cause I have not known I search out.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I was a father to the poor - I took them under my protection, and treated them as if they were my own children.
And the cause which I knew not I searched out - This is according to the interpretation of Jerome. But the more probable meaning is, "the cause of him who was unknown to me, that is, of the stranger, I searched out." So Rosenmuller, Herder, Umbreit, and Good. According to this, the sense is, that, as a magistrate, he gave particular attention to the cause of the stranger, and investigated it with care. It is possible that Job here designs specifically to reply to the charge brought against him by Eliphaz in Job 22:6 ff. The duty of showing particular attention to the stranger is often inculcated in the Bible, and was regarded as essential to a character of uprightness and piety among the Orientals.
LibraryThe Case of Spiritual Decay and Languor in Religion
1. Declension in religion, and relapses into sin, with their sorrowful consequences, are in the general too probable.--2. The ease of declension and langour in religion described, negatively.--3. And positively.--4. As discovering itself by a failure in the duties of the closet.--5. By a neglect of social worship.--6. By want of love to our fellow Christians.--7. By an undue attachment to sensual pleasures or secular cares.--8. By prejudices against some important principles in religion.--9,10. A …
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
And I will clothe him with your tunic And tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust him with your authority, And he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
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