New American Standard Bible
"I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.
King James Bible
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
Darby Bible Translation
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I would declare unto him the number of my steps - That is, I would disclose to him the whole course of my life. This is language also appropriate to a judicial trial, and the meaning is, that Job was so confident of his integrity that he would approach God and make his whole course of life known to him.
As a prince would I go near unto him - With the firm and upright step with which a prince commonly walks. I would not go in a base, cringing manner, but in a manner that evinced a consciousness of integrity. I would not go bowed down under the consciousness of guilt, as a self-condemned malefactor, but with the firm and elastic foot-tread of one conscious of innocence. It must be remembered that all this is said with reference to the charges which had been brought against him by his friends, and not as claiming absolute perfection. He was accused of gross hypocrisy, and it was maintained that he was suffering the judicial infliction of heaven on account of that. So far as those charges were concerned, he now says that he could go before God with the firm and elastic tread of a prince - with entire cheerfulness and boldness. We are not, however, to suppose that he did not regard himself as having the common infirmities and sinfulness of our fallen nature. The discussion does not turn at all on that point.
LibraryWhether virtue is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that virtue is in us by nature. For Damascene says (De Fide Orth. iii, 14): "Virtues are natural to us and are equally in all of us." And Antony says in his sermon to the monks: "If the will contradicts nature it is perverse, if it follow nature it is virtuous." Moreover, a gloss on Mat. 4:23, "Jesus went about," etc., says: "He taught them natural virtues, i.e. chastity, justice, humility, which man possesses naturally." Objection 2: Further, the virtuous good consists …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
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His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
"For you say, 'Where is the house of the nobleman, And where is the tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?'
"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown.
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