Job 13:27
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New International Version
You fasten my feet in shackles; you keep close watch on all my paths by putting marks on the soles of my feet.

New Living Translation
You put my feet in stocks. You examine all my paths. You trace all my footprints.

English Standard Version
You put my feet in the stocks and watch all my paths; you set a limit for the soles of my feet.

New American Standard Bible
"You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet,

King James Bible
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You put my feet in the stocks and stand watch over all my paths, setting a limit for the soles of my feet.

International Standard Version
You've locked my feet in stocks; you watch all my steps; You've limited where I can walk.

NET Bible
And you put my feet in the stocks and you watch all my movements; you put marks on the soles of my feet.

New Heart English Bible
You also put my feet in the stocks, and mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You put my feet in shackles. You follow my trail by engraving marks on the soles of my feet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And lookest narrowly unto all my paths; Thou drawest Thee a line about the soles of my feet;

New American Standard 1977
“Thou dost put my feet in the stocks,
            And dost watch all my paths;
            Thou dost set a limit for the soles of my feet,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost put my feet also in the stocks and look narrowly unto all my paths; thou dost set a print upon the heels of my feet.

King James 2000 Bible
You put my feet also in the stocks, and watch closely all my paths; you set a bound to the soles of my feet.

American King James Version
You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly to all my paths; you set a print on the heels of my feet.

American Standard Version
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And markest all my paths; Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast put my feet in the stocks, and hast observed all my paths, and hast considered the steps of my feet:

Darby Bible Translation
And thou puttest my feet in the stocks, and markest all my paths; thou settest a bound about the soles of my feet; --

English Revised Version
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and markest all my paths; thou drawest thee a line about the soles of my feet:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly to all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

World English Bible
You also put my feet in the stocks, and mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet,

Young's Literal Translation
And puttest in the stocks my feet, And observest all my paths, On the roots of my feet Thou settest a print,
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
26"For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth. 27"You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet, 28While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.…
Cross References
Acts 16:24
On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Job 33:11
'He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.'

Jeremiah 20:2
Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks that were at the upper Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly to all my paths; you set a print on the heels of my feet.

puttest

Job 33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks, he marks all my paths.

2 Chronicles 16:10-12 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; …

Proverbs 7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or …

Acts 16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, …

and lookest. Heb. and observest

Job 10:6 That you enquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin?

Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

Job 16:9 He tears me in his wrath, who hates me: he gnashes on me with his …

settest

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job …

heels. Heb. roots

(27) Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks.--This is illustrated by the language of the Psalms (Psalm 88:8; Psalm 142:7, &c.). There is a difficulty in these two verses, arising from the pronouns. Some understand the subject to be the fetter: "Thou puttest my feet in the fetter that watcheth over all my paths, and imprinteth itself upon the roots of my feet, and it (the foot) consumeth like a rotten thing, and like a garment that is moth-eaten." Others refer the "he" to Job himself; and others to man, the subject of the following chapter. In the Hebrew future tense the third person feminine and the second person masculine are alike, and the word for fetter, which is only found here and at Job 33:11, where Elihu quotes these words, may possibly be feminine in this place, though it is clear that Elihu understood Job to be speaking of God. Probably by the "he" introduced so abruptly is meant the object of all this watching and persecution.

Verse 27. - Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks (comp. Job 33:11). The punishment is said to be still in use among the Bedouin Arabs. It was well known to the Israelites (Proverbs 7:22; Jeremiah 20:2; Jeremiah 29:26), to the Greeks (Herod., 9:87), and to the Romans (Acts 16:24). And lookest narrowly unto all my paths. Not allowing me to escape thee. Thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet; rather, upon the soles of my feet. The "print" intended is probably a mark which the stocks were in the habit of making (see Professor Sayee, in Sunday at Home December, 1890, p. 125). Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks,.... Which is one kind of punishment of offenders, and a preservation of them from making their escape; and is a security and reservation of them for further punishment sometimes; and so Job looked upon his afflictions as a punishment for he knew not what, and with which he was so surrounded and enclosed, that there was no getting out of them any more than a man can whose feet are set fast in the stocks; and that he was here kept for greater afflictions still, which he dreaded. Aben Ezra interprets it, "thou puttest my feet in lime"; and this is followed by others (n), suggesting, as a man's steps in lime are marked and easily discerned, so were his by the Lord; but this seems to be foreign from the mind of Job, who would not make such a concession as this, as if his steps taken amiss were so visible:

and lookest narrowly into all my paths; so that there was no possibility of escaping out of his troubles and afflictions; so strict a watch was kept over him; see Job 7:19; according to Ben Gersom, this refers to the stocks, "it keeps all my ways", kept him within from going abroad about the business of life, and so may refer to the disease of his body, his boils and ulcers, which kept him at home, and suffered him not to stir out of doors; but the former sense is best:

thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet; either it, the stocks, made a mark upon his heels, with which they were pressed hard, as Gersom; or rather God set one upon them, afflicting him very sorely and putting him to an excruciating pain, such as is felt by criminals when heavy blows are laid upon the soles of their feet, to which the allusion may be; or else the sense is, that he followed him closely by the heels, that whenever he took a step, it was immediately marked, and observed by the Lord, as if he trod in his steps, and set his own foot in the mark that was left.

(n) "Calce tinxisti pedes meos", Gussetius, p. 550. so some in Ben Melech. 27. stocks—in which the prisoner's feet were made fast until the time of execution (Jer 20:2).

lookest narrowly—as an overseer would watch a prisoner.

print—Either the stocks, or his disease, marked his soles (Hebrew, "roots") as the bastinado would. Better, thou drawest (or diggest) [Gesenius] a line (or trench) [Gesenius] round my soles, beyond which I must not move [Umbreit].13:23-28 Job begs to have his sins discovered to him. A true penitent is willing to know the worst of himself; and we should all desire to know what our transgressions are, that we may confess them, and guard against them for the future. Job complains sorrowfully of God's severe dealings with him. Time does not wear out the guilt of sin. When God writes bitter things against us, his design is to make us bring forgotten sins to mind, and so to bring us to repent of them, as to break us off from them. Let young persons beware of indulging in sin. Even in this world they may so possess the sins of their youth, as to have months of sorrow for moments of pleasure. Their wisdom is to remember their Creator in their early days, that they may have assured hope, and sweet peace of conscience, as the solace of their declining years. Job also complains that his present mistakes are strictly noticed. So far from this, God deals not with us according to our deserts. This was the language of Job's melancholy views. If God marks our steps, and narrowly examines our paths, in judgment, both body and soul feel his righteous vengeance. This will be the awful case of unbelievers, yet there is salvation devised, provided, and made known in Christ.
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