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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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be stronger and stronger. Heb. add strength
Library9Th 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.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
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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