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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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 …
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Later English Reformers
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.
that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.
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