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

New Living Translation
I have prepared my case; I will be proved innocent.

English Standard Version
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.

King James Bible
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now then, I have prepared my case; I know that I am right.

International Standard Version
"Look, now! I've prepared my case for court. I know that I'm going to win.

NET Bible
See now, I have prepared my case; I know that I am right.

New Heart English Bible
See now, I have set my cause in order. I know that I am righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have prepared my case. I know that I will be declared righteous.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold now, I have prepared my case;
            I know that I will be vindicated.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold now, if I draw near unto the judgment; I know that I shall be justified.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be justified.

American King James Version
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

American Standard Version
Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold now, I have ordered the cause; I know that I shall be justified.

English Revised Version
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I am righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

World English Bible
See now, I have set my cause in order. I know that I am righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I pray you, I have set in order the cause, I have known that I am righteous.
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
17"Listen carefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears. 18"Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated. 19"Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.…
Cross References
Job 6:29
"Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.

Job 9:21
"I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.

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

Job 12:4
"I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.

Job 13:17
"Listen carefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears.

Job 23:4
"I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 27:6
"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.

Job 32:1
Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Job 33:9
'I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.

Job 34:5
"For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my right;
Treasury of Scripture

Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

I have ordered

Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 40:7 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

I know

Job 9:2,3,20 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God…

Job 40:7,8 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare …

Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare you, that you …

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Verse 18. - Behold now, I have ordered my cause; i.e. I have prepared my pleadings, and arranged them; I know what I am about to say. Also I know that I shall be justified. I am confident, i.e. that the cause, if it be fully heard, will be decided in my favour. It will appear that I have not brought my calamities upon myself by my own misdoings. Of justification, in the forensic sense, of imputed righteousness, with its concomitant ideas, Job, of course, knows nothing. Behold now, I have ordered my cause,.... Or "judgment" (t); that is, he had looked over his cause afresh, had reviewed the state of his case, had considered it in every light, had drawn a plan of it, had digested it in a proper manner, and had arranged his reasons and arguments in vindication of himself in a regular form; and had them at hand, and could readily and easily come at them on occasion, to vindicate himself; and upon the whole could say, in the strongest, manner, and could draw this conclusion,

I know that I shall be justified; which, though it may primarily respect the case in dispute between him and his friends, and the charge of wickedness and hypocrisy brought against him by them, from which he doubted not he should upon a fair hearing be acquitted by God himself, yet it may include his whole state of justification, God-ward, in which he was and should continue; and so may respect, not only the justification of his cause before men, as it was ordered and managed by him, but also the justification of his person before God, of which he had a full assurance; having ordered his cause aright, settled matters well, and proceeded upon a good plan and foundation; which to do is not to put justification upon the foot of purity of nature at first birth, and a sober life and conversation from youth upward, and a perfection of good works arrived unto, as imagined; nor upon a comparative righteousness with respect to other men, even profane and ungodly persons; nor, upon repentance, and sincere though imperfect obedience; nor upon an external belief of evangelic truths, and a submission to Gospel ordinances: but such order their cause well, and rightly conclude their justification, who see and own themselves to be transgressors of the law of God, behold and acknowledge their own righteousness to be insufficient to justify them, view the righteousness of Christ revealed in the Gospel, in its glory, excellency, and suitableness, and lay hold upon it as their justifying righteousness; and observing that the word of God declares, that those that believe in Christ are and shall be justified, and finding in themselves that they do with the heart believe in Christ for righteousness, hence they most comfortably and most sensibly conclude that they are justified persons; for this knowledge is of faith, and this faith the faith of assurance; it is not barely for a man to know that there is righteousness in Christ, and justification by it, but that there is righteousness in him for himself, and that he is the Lord his righteousness; for the words may be rendered, "I know that I am righteous"; or, "am justified" (u); justification is a past act in the mind of God; it is present, as it terminates on the conscience of a believer; it is future, as it will be notified at the day of judgment before angels and men; see Isaiah 45:25.

(t) "judicium", Pagninus, Montanus, &c. (u) "quod ego justus sum", Schmidt; "me justum esse, vel fore", Schultens. 18. ordered—implying a constant preparation for defense in his confidence of innocence.13:13-22 Job resolved to cleave to the testimony his own conscience gave of his uprightness. He depended upon God for justification and salvation, the two great things we hope for through Christ. Temporal salvation he little expected, but of his eternal salvation he was very confident; that God would not only be his Saviour to make him happy, but his salvation, in the sight and enjoyment of whom he should be happy. He knew himself not to be a hypocrite, and concluded that he should not be rejected. We should be well pleased with God as a Friend, even when he seems against us as an enemy. We must believe that all shall work for good to us, even when all seems to make against us. We must cleave to God, yea, though we cannot for the present find comfort in him. In a dying hour, we must derive from him living comforts; and this is to trust in him, though he slay us.
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