Job 10:12
Parallel Verses
New International Version
You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

New Living Translation
You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

English Standard Version
You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.

New American Standard Bible
'You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.

King James Bible
Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You gave me life and faithful love, and Your care has guarded my life.

International Standard Version
You gave life and gracious love to me; your providential care has preserved my spirit.

NET Bible
You gave me life and favor, and your intervention watched over my spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You gave me life and mercy. Your watchfulness has preserved my spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast granted me life and mercy, and thy visitation has kept my spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
You have granted me life and favor, and your care has preserved my spirit.

American King James Version
You have granted me life and favor, and your visitation has preserved my spirit.

American Standard Version
Thou hast granted me life and lovingkindness; And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast granted me life and mercy, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy care hath preserved my spirit;

English Revised Version
Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

World English Bible
You have granted me life and loving kindness. Your visitation has preserved my spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
Life and kindness Thou hast done with me. And Thy inspection hath preserved my spirit.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:8-13 Job seems to argue with God, as if he only formed and preserved him for misery. God made us, not we ourselves. How sad that those bodies should be instruments of unrighteousness, which are capable of being temples of the Holy Ghost! But the soul is the life, the soul is the man, and this is the gift of God. If we plead with ourselves as an inducement to duty, God made me and maintains me, we may plead as an argument for mercy, Thou hast made me, do thou new-make me; I am thine, save me.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Thou hast granted me life and favour. God, besides providing Job with a body so delicately and marvellously constructed, had added the gift of "life" (Genesis 2:7), and also that of "favour," or loving providential care, whereby his life was preserved from infancy to manhood, and from manhood to a ripe age, in peace and prosperity. Job has not forgotten his former state of temporal happiness (Job 1:2-5), nor ceased to feel gratitude to God for it (comp. Job 2:10). And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit; or, thy providence - "thy continual care."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou hast granted me life and favour,.... Or "lives" (q); natural life; both in the womb, where and when he was quickened, and at his birth, when he was brought into the world, and began to live in it; the rational soul may be intended, by which he lived; which, when created and infused into man, and united to his body, he becomes a living man; it is the presence of that which causes life, and the absence or removal of that which causes death; and this is a "grant" or gift from God, who gives to all his creatures life and breath, and all things; see Job 33:4; and is a "favour" also; a mercy, the chief of mercies; it is more than meat; yea, all a man has he will give for his life: besides this, Job had a spiritual life, a principle of it implanted in him; God had quickened him when dead in trespasses and sins; the spirit of life from Christ had entered into him, and he was become a living spiritual man: this likewise was a "grant" from God, a free grace gift of his; it is he that gives the living water, and gives it freely, or it would not be grace; for it is a "favour" which flows from the free grace and good will of God; it is owing to the great love wherewith he loves men that he quickens them; his time is a time of love, and so of life; and eternal life is the consequent of this, and is inseparably connected with it; and Job had an interest in it, a right unto it, and a meetness for it; he bad knowledge of it, faith in it, and hope of enjoying it, and knew that after death he should live this life; see Job 19:26; and this is a gift of God through Christ, owing to his good pleasure, the fruit of his favour and loving kindness: though by "favour" may be meant something distinct from life; either the care of him in the womb, and the taking of him out from thence, which are sometimes observed as singular mercies and favours; see Psalm 22:9; or the beauty and comeliness of his body, such as was on Moses, David, and others; see Proverbs 31:30; or rather it intends in general all the temporal blessings of life, food and raiment, every thing necessary for the comfort and support of life; and which are all mercies and favours, and what men are undeserving of; and especially spiritual blessings, or the blessings of grace; and the word here used is often used for grace and mercy, and may signify the several graces of the Spirit bestowed in regeneration, as faith, hope, love, &c. which are all the gifts of God, and the effects of his favour and good will; as also the blessings of, justifying, pardoning, and adopting grace; all which Job was favoured with, as well as with supplies of grace from time to time, and the fresh discoveries of the favour and loving kindness of God to him, which is better than life:

and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit; kept him alive, in a natural sense, while in the womb, as Jarchi, where he was in a wonderful manner nourished; and when he came out from thence, exposed to many difficulties and dangers, and during his helpless and infant state, and amidst a variety of troubles throughout the whole of his life hitherto; and which was owing to God's visitation of him in a way of mercy every morning; and which was no other than his providence or daily care of him, and concern for him; and so Mr. Broughton renders it "thy providence" (r), and so some others: likewise he preserved his soul or spirit in a spiritual sense, in Christ Jesus, in whose bands he put him; he hid his life in him, and bound it up in the bundle of life with him; he kept him by his power as in a garrison, and preserved him safe to his kingdom and glory; and this is to be ascribed to his visitation of him in a way of grace, through the redemption of Christ, and the effectual calling of the blessed Spirit, and the constant supplies of grace vouchsafed from time to time: the Targum is, "thy remembrance": for it is owing to God's remembrance of his people that he visits them, either in providence or grace; and when he visits them with his providence, or with his gracious presence and protection, it is plain he remembers them: now since God had favoured him with such blessings of nature, providence, and grace, he reasons with him about his present circumstances; that, after all this, surely he would not destroy him and cut him off; at least he knew not how well to reconcile past favours with such hard and severe usage as he thought he met with from him.

(q) "vitas", Montanus, Bolducius. (r) "providentia tua", Tigurine version, Munster, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. visitation—Thy watchful Providence.

spirit—breath.

Job 10:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Plea to God
11Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews? 12'You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit. 13'Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:…
Cross References
Job 10:11
clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?

Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
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