Job 9:21
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New International Version
"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.

King James Bible
Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

Darby Bible Translation
Were I perfect, [yet] would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

World English Bible
I am blameless. I don't respect myself. I despise my life.

Young's Literal Translation
Perfect I am! -- I know not my soul, I despise my life.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Though I were perfect - Had I the fullest conviction that, in every thought, word, and deed, I were blameless before him, yet I would not plead this; nor would I think it any security for a life of ease and prosperity, or any proof that my days should be prolonged.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

yet would

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts...

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

Jeremiah 17:9,10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it...

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

I would

Job 7:15,16,21 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

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March 16 Morning
What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.--JAS. 4:14. My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.--Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . . . in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.--Man that is born of a woman
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

A Blow at Self-Righteousness
The sermon of this morning is intended to be another blow against our self-righteousness. If it will not die, at least let us spare no arrows against it; let us draw the bow, and if the shaft cannot penetrate its heart, it may at least stick in its flesh and help to worry it to its grave. I. Endeavouring to keep close to my text, I shall start with this first point--that THE PLEA OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS CONTRADICTS ITSELF. "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me." Come, friend, thou who
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether Doubts Should be Interpreted for the Best?
Objection 1: It would seem that doubts should not be interpreted for the best. Because we should judge from what happens for the most part. But it happens for the most part that evil is done, since "the number of fools is infinite" (Eccles. 1:15), "for the imagination and thought of man's heart are prone to evil from his youth" (Gn. 8:21). Therefore doubts should be interpreted for the worst rather than for the best. Objection 2: Further, Augustine says (De Doctr. Christ. i, 27) that "he leads a
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Later English Reformers
While Luther was opening a closed Bible to the people of Germany, Tyndale was impelled by the Spirit of God to do the same for England. Wycliffe's Bible had been translated from the Latin text, which contained many errors. It had never been printed, and the cost of manuscript copies was so great that few but wealthy men or nobles could procure it; and, furthermore, being strictly proscribed by the church, it had had a comparatively narrow circulation. In 1516, a year before the appearance of Luther's
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Job 1:1
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 6:9
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!

Job 7:16
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

Job 9:15
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.

Job 10:7
though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?

Job 12:4
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

Job 13:18
Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.

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