Job 11:13
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New International Version
"Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,

New Living Translation
"If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!

English Standard Version
“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.

New American Standard Bible
"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,

King James Bible
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for you, if you redirect your heart and lift up your hands to Him in prayer--

International Standard Version
"Now for you, if you will prepare your heart, spread out your hands to him.

NET Bible
"As for you, if you prove faithful, and if you stretch out your hands toward him,

New Heart English Bible
"If you set your heart aright, stretch out your hands toward him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If you want to set your heart right, then pray to him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward Him--

New American Standard 1977
“If you would direct your heart right,
            And spread out your hand to Him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou would prepare thine heart and stretch out thine hands toward him;

King James 2000 Bible
If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

American King James Version
If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

American Standard Version
If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rut thou hast hardened thy heart, and hast spread thy hands to him.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou prepare thy heart and stretch out thy hands toward him,

English Revised Version
If thou set thine heart aright, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou preparest thy heart, and stretchest out thy hands towards him;

World English Bible
"If you set your heart aright, stretch out your hands toward him.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou -- thou hast prepared thy heart, And hast spread out unto Him thy hands,
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
12"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man. 13"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him, 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;…
Cross References
1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."

Job 5:17
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 15:12
"Why does your heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,

Job 22:23
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,

Job 22:27
"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.

Psalm 77:2
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted.

Psalm 78:8
And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Psalm 88:9
My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.

Psalm 143:6
I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

prepare

Job 5:8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

Job 8:5,6 If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty…

Job 22:21,22 Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall …

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

2 Chronicles 12:14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; …

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

stretch

Psalm 68:31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out …

Psalm 88:9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily …

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

Verse 13. - If thou prepare thine heart. Having indicated God's righteousness by these general remarks (vers. 7-12), and implied that Job's complaints are vain and futile, Zophar, in conclusion, addresses Job once more directly: "If thou (אתּה) prepare thine heart," cleanse it, that is, of all defilement, direct it, and set it straight (see Psalm 78:8) before God, then such and such results (set forth in vers. 15-19) will follow. And stretch out thine hands toward him. The outward act of worship must follow the inward movement of the heart, for the turning to God to be complete. If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands towards him. In this and the following verses Zophar proceeds to give some advice to Job; which, if taken, would issue in his future happiness, but otherwise it would be ill with him; he advises him to pray to God with an heart prepared for such service; so some render the last clause in the imperative, "stretch out thine hands (w) towards him"; that is, towards God; for, though not expressed, is implied, whose immensity, sovereignty, and omniscience, Zophar had been discoursing of; and, though stretching out the hands is sometimes a gesture of persons in distress and mournful circumstances, thereby signifying their grief and sorrow, and of others in great danger, in order to lay up anything for safety; and of conquered persons resigning themselves up into the hands of the conqueror; and of such who are desirous of being in friendship, alliance, and association with others; yet it is also sometimes used as for the whole of religious worship, Psalm 44:20; so particularly for prayer, Psalm 88:9; and this was what all Job's friends advised him to, to humble himself before God, to pray for the forgiveness of his sins, and for the removal of his afflictions and deliverance from them; see Job 5:8; in order to which it is proper the "heart should be prepared"; as it is requisite it should be to every good work by the grace of God so to this: and then may it be said to be prepared for such service, when the spirit of God is given as a spirit of grace and supplication, whereby the heart is impressed with a sense of its wants, and so knows what to pray for; and arguments and fit words are put into the mind and mouth, and it knows how to pray as it should; and is enabled to approach the throne of grace with sincerity, fervency, and in the exercise of faith, being sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Jesus, and resigned to the divine will, in all its petitions it is directed to make: now this is the work of God, to prepare the heart; the preparation of the heart, as well as the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord; he is prayed to for it, and it is affirmed he will do it, Proverbs 16:1; but it is here represented as if it was man's act, which is said not to suggest any power in man to do it of himself; at least this is not the evangelic sense of such phrases; for Zophar might be of a more legal spirit, and not so thoroughly acquainted with the evangelic style; but this might be said, to show the necessity of such a preparation, and to stir up to a concern for it, and to expect and look for it from and by the grace of God.

(w) "Expande ad eum manus tuas", De Dieu. 13. The apodosis to the "If" is at Job 11:15. The preparation of the heart is to be obtained (Pr 16:1) by stretching out the hands in prayer for it (Ps 10:17; 1Ch 29:18).11:13-20 Zophar exhorts Job to repentance, and gives him encouragement, yet mixed with hard thoughts of him. He thought that worldly prosperity was always the lot of the righteous, and that Job was to be deemed a hypocrite unless his prosperity was restored. Then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; that is, thou mayst come boldly to the throne of grace, and not with the terror and amazement expressed in ch. 9:34. If we are looked upon in the face of the Anointed, our faces that were cast down may be lifted up; though polluted, being now washed with the blood of Christ, they may be lifted up without spot. We may draw near in full assurance of faith, when we are sprinkled from an evil conscience, Heb 10:22.
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