Job 11:4
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New International Version
You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.'

New Living Translation
You claim, 'My beliefs are pure,' and 'I am clean in the sight of God.'

English Standard Version
For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’

New American Standard Bible
"For you have said, 'My teaching is pure, And I am innocent in your eyes.'

King James Bible
For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have said, "My teaching is sound, and I am pure in Your sight."

International Standard Version
You've said, 'My teaching is flawless; I'm clean in God's sight.'

NET Bible
For you have said, 'My teaching is flawless, and I am pure in your sight.'

New Heart English Bible
For you say, 'My doctrine is pure. I am clean in your eyes.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You say, 'My teaching is morally correct,' and, 'As you can see, I'm innocent.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou hast said: 'My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in Thine eyes.'

New American Standard 1977
“For you have said, ‘My teaching is pure,
            And I am innocent in your eyes.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean before thine eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.

American King James Version
For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.

American Standard Version
For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou hast said: My word is pure, and I am clean in thy sight.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

English Revised Version
For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thy eyes.

World English Bible
For you say, 'My doctrine is pure. I am clean in your eyes.'

Young's Literal Translation
And thou sayest, 'Pure is my discourse, And clean I have been in Thine eyes.'
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
3"Shall your boasts silence men? And shall you scoff and none rebuke? 4"For you have said, 'My teaching is pure, And I am innocent in your eyes.' 5"But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you,…
Cross References
Job 6:10
"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 10:7
'According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.

Job 11:5
"But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you,

Proverbs 4:2
For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.
Treasury of Scripture

For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.

For thou

Job 6:10 Then should I yet have comfort; yes, I would harden myself in sorrow: …

Job 10:7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

I am clean

Job 6:29,30 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my …

Job 7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? why …

Job 9:2,3 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God…

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 34:5,6 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment…

Job 35:2 Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's?

(4) Clean in thine eyes is variously referred to God, to mortal men (Job 11:3), and to Job himself (Job 32:1). The first seems most to be preferred, for at all events Job had hypothetically spoken of himself as righteous before God (Job 10:15). (Comp. Job 9:30. &c.) Zophar, therefore, who professes superior wisdom, desires that God would show Job how far short he falls of it: that He would show him the hidden things, the secrets of wisdom; for sound wisdom is manifold: it has many aspects, and lies as it were fold over fold in unexpected complexities, defying the shallow and unscrutinising gaze; and were He to do this, Job would find out to his dismay that God still credited him part of the penalty due to him.

Verse 4. - For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure. Job had certainly not said this in so many words. In fact, he had not spoken of his "doctrine" (לקח), nor had he called either his doctrine or his conduct absolutely pure (ז). But, no doubt, he had maintained, in a certain sense, his innocency; not, indeed, his entire freedom from sin or guilt, but his honest endeavour to serve God and lead a good life. This was the real point disputed between him and his "comforters;" they argued, from his sufferings, that he must be a "chief sinner;" he maintained, from the testimony of his conscience, that he was free from all heinous sins. And I am clean in thine eyes (see above, Job 9:30; Job 10:7). For thou hast said,.... What follows is produced to support the charge, especially of lying, which seems to be founded on what he had said in Job 6:10,

my doctrine is pure; free from error, unadulterated, unmixed, not blended with Heathenish principles and human doctrines; but tending to purity of heart and life, as every word of God, and doctrine that comes from him, is pure, yea, very pure, like silver purified seven times; and such was Job's doctrine which he "received" from God, "took" (y) up and professed, taught and delivered to others, so far as was agreeable to the will of God, and the revelation he had then made: and it appears that Job had very clear and sublime notions of God, of his being and perfections, of his works of nature, providence, and grace; of Christ his living Redeemer, of redemption and justification by him, and of the resurrection of the dead; and had purer and better notions of divine things than his friends had, and spoke better things of God than they did, God himself being witness, Job 42:7; some interpret this of the purity of his life and conversation: he is further charged with saying:

and I am clean in thine eyes: speaking to God, as Jarchi observes; and indeed so he was, and every believer is, in an evangelic sense; as to the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness, is without sin, and cannot commit it; and as washed from all sin in the blood of Christ, and as clothed with his righteousness, in which the saints are faultless before the throne, and are unblamable and irreprovable in the sight of God: but Zophar's meaning is, that Job had asserted that he was entirely free from sin in himself, was wholly without it, and did not commit any; and had appealed to God, as knowing it to be true; and which he seems to have grounded on what he had said, Job 10:7; through a mistake of his sense; which was not that he was free from sin entirely, but from any gross notorious sin, or from a wicked course of living, and particularly from the sin of hypocrisy, his friends suggested he was guilty of; otherwise he confesses himself a sinner, and prays for the pardon of his sins, and disclaims perfection in himself; see Job 7:20; and indeed there is no creature in itself clean in the sight of God, either angels or men; every man is naturally unclean; no good man is without sin, without the being, indwelling, and commission of it; nor will any truly gracious man say he is; he knows otherwise, and acknowledges it; he that says he is must be an ignorant man, or a vain and pharisaical man; yea, must not say the truth: some have suspected the first part of the words to be Job's, "and I am clean": and the other Zophar's explaining them; that is, "in thine eyes" (z); in his own apprehension, as if he had a high and conceited opinion of himself.

(y) "doctrina aut oratio mea et sententia mente accepta", Michaelis; so Cocceius; "id quid ab aliis acceptum", Drusius. (z) Vid. Schultens in loc. 4. doctrine—purposely used of Job's speeches, which sounded like lessons of doctrine (De 32:2; Pr 4:2).

thine—addressed to God. Job had maintained his sincerity against his friends suspicions, not faultlessness.11:1-6 Zophar attacked Job with great vehemence. He represented him as a man that loved to hear himself speak, though he could say nothing to the purpose, and as a man that maintained falsehoods. He desired God would show Job that less punishment was exacted than he deserved. We are ready, with much assurance, to call God to act in our quarrels, and to think that if he would but speak, he would take our part. We ought to leave all disputes to the judgment of God, which we are sure is according to truth; but those are not always right who are most forward to appeal to the Divine judgment.
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