Job 17:9
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New International Version
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

King James Bible
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Darby Bible Translation
But the righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall increase in strength.

World English Bible
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

Young's Literal Translation
And the righteous layeth hold on his way, And the clean of hands addeth strength, And -- dumb are they all.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The righteous also shall hold on his way - There shall be no doubt concerning the dispensations of the Divine providence. My case shall illustrate all seemingly intricate displays of God's government. None shall be stumbled at seeing a godly man under oppression, knowing that God never permits any thing of the kind but for the good of the subject, and the manifestation of his own mercy, wisdom, and love. Therefore whatever occurs to the righteous man, he will take it for granted that all is well and justly managed, and that the end will be glorious.

Shall be stronger and stronger - He shall take encouragement from my case, stay himself on the Lord, and thus gain strength by every blast of adversity. This is one grand use of the book of Job. It casts much light on seemingly partial displays of Divine providence: and has ever been the great text-book of godly men in a state of persecution and affliction. This is what Job seems prophetically to declare.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

hold on

Psalm 84:7,11 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God...

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Isaiah 35:8-10 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it...

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...


Genesis 20:5 Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother...

Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

Mark 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashed, hands, they found fault.

be stronger and stronger. Heb. add strength

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength...

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...

9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
O eternal God and heavenly Father, if I were not taught and assured by the promises of thy gospel, and the examples of Peter, Mary Magdalene, the publican, the prodigal child, and many other penitent sinners, that thou art so full of compassion, and so ready to forgive the greatest sinners, who are heaviest laden with sin, at what time soever they return unto thee with penitent hearts, lamenting their sins, and imploring thy grace, I should despair for mine own sins, and be utterly discouraged from
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Job 22:30
He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."

Job 31:7
if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,

Psalm 24:4
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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