New International Version
if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless--
King James Bible
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
Darby Bible Translation
Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof,
World English Bible
or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
Young's Literal Translation
And I do eat my morsel by myself, And the orphan hath not eat of it,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone - Hospitality was a very prominent virtue among the ancients in almost all nations: friends and strangers were equally welcome to the board of the affluent. The supper was their grand meal: it was then that they saw their friends; the business and fatigues of the day being over, they could then enjoy themselves comfortably together. The supper was called coena on this account; or, as Plutarch says, Το μεν γαρ δειπνον φασι κοινα δια την κοινωνιαν καλεισθαι· καθ' ἑαυτους γαρ ηριστων επιεικως οἱ παλαι ρωμαιοι, συνδειπνουντες τοις φιλοις. "The ancient Romans named supper Coena, (κοινα), which signifies communion (κοινωνια) or fellowship; for although they dined alone, they supped with their friends." - Plut. Symp. lib. viii., prob. 6, p. 687. But Job speaks here of dividing his bread with the hungry: Or have eaten my morsel myself alone. And he is a poor despicable caitiff who would eat it alone, while there was another at hand, full as hungry as himself.
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This Commandment also has a work, which embraces very many good works, and is opposed to many vices, and is called in German Mildigkeit, "benevolence;" which is a work ready to help and serve every one with one's goods. And it fights not only against theft and robbery, but against all stinting in temporal goods which men may practise toward one another: such as greed, usury, overcharging and plating wares that sell as solid, counterfeit wares, short measures and weights, and who could tell all the …
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry,
because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.
but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow--
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
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