Job 14:16
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New International Version
Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.

New Living Translation
For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins.

English Standard Version
For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin;

New American Standard Bible
"For now You number my steps, You do not observe my sin.

King James Bible
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For then You would count my steps but would not take note of my sin.

International Standard Version
Then you'll certainly count every step I took, but you won't keep an inventory of my sin.

NET Bible
"Surely now you count my steps; then you would not mark my sin.

New Heart English Bible
But now you number my steps. Do you not watch over my sin?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Though now you count my steps, you will not keep [a record of] my sins.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But now Thou numberest my steps, Thou dost not even wait for my sin;

New American Standard 1977
“For now Thou dost number my steps,
            Thou dost not observe my sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For now thou dost number my steps; thou dost not open up my sin.

King James 2000 Bible
For now you number my steps: do not watch over my sin.

American King James Version
For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

American Standard Version
But now thou numberest my steps: Dost thou not watch over my sin?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou indeed hast numbered my steps, but spare my sins.

Darby Bible Translation
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

English Revised Version
But now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

Webster's Bible Translation
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

World English Bible
But now you number my steps. Don't you watch over my sin?

Young's Literal Translation
But now, my steps Thou numberest, Thou dost not watch over my sin.
Study Bible
Job Acknowledges the Finality of Death
15"You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands. 16"For now You number my steps, You do not observe my sin. 17"My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You wrap up my iniquity.…
Cross References
Job 10:6
That You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin?

Job 31:4
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

Job 34:21
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.

Psalm 139:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

Psalm 139:3
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

Proverbs 5:21
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.
Treasury of Scripture

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

thou numberest

Job 10:6,14 That you enquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin…

Job 13:27 You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly to all my paths; …

Job 31:4 Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

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

Job 34:21 For his eyes are on the ways of man, and he sees all his goings.

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Psalm 139:1-4 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders …

Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for your eyes are open on all …

(16) For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?--"It is sealed up in a bag, and Thou fastenest up mine iniquity. But persecution so persistent would wear out the strongest, even as the mountain and the rock are gradually worn away. How much more then must I be the subject of decay? for Thou destroyest the hope of man when he dieth, so that he no longer has any interest in the welfare or any concern in the adversity of his children after him; only in his own person he has pain, and his own soul within him mourneth."

Verse 16. - For now thou numberest my steps; rather, but now. Job, at this point, proceeds to contrast his actual condition with the ideal one which (in vers. 13-15) his imagination has conjured up. God's actual attitude towards him he regards as one, not of protecting love, but of jealous hostility. His "steps" are observed, counted - every divergence from the right path is noted - a false step, if he makes one, is at once punished. Dost thou not watch over my sin? (comp. Job 10:14). Job's sins, he thinks, are watched for, spied out, taken note of, and remembered against him. For now thou numberest my steps,.... Or "but now" (g), at this present time thou seemest to have no desire to me, or affection for me, but the reverse. Job was in a pretty good frame of mind a little before, having in view his last change, and the glorious resurrection; but on a sudden he returns to his former complaints of God, and here of the rigour and strictness of his justice in marking his steps, and correcting him for his sin; so very uncertain are the best of frames: the outward conversation of men, whether good or bad, is often in Scripture expressed by walking, and the actions of men, good or evil, are the steps taken therein; here they signify evil ones, irregular steps, steps out of the way of God's commandments, aberrations, strayings from thence, false steps; these Job supposed God not only had knowledge of, as he has of all the ways, paths, and goings of men, but took very exact notice of his wrong steps; looked very narrowly to his paths, as in Job 13:27; and strictly marked them; yea, told them one by one, that he might miss none, and make up a large account, which he put down in his book, in order to produce against him; in which Job was mistaken: he thought God dealt with him as he does with wicked men, whose evil actions are not only known and observed, but are counted and put down in the book of his remembrance, which will be opened at the last day, and produced against them; but God has blotted out of his book the sins of his people, and will remember them no more; he has a book of remembrance for their good works, words, and thoughts, but none for their evil ones:

dost thou not watch over my sin? of error, infirmity, and weakness; observe it, mark it in a strict and rigorous way, which, when God does, who can stand before him? or "watch for my sin?" Daniel 9:14 as Jeremiah's enemies watched for his halting; so Job here represents God very wrongly, as if he watched for an opportunity against him, to take the advantage of it, and severely chastise him: or "thou dost not wait for my sin" (h); that is, the punishment of it as many of the Jewish writers (i) carry the sense; which is, that God did not defer the punishment of sin, or give him any respite or breathing time, but as soon as ever he committed any offence, immediately, at once, he was rough with him, and used him with great severity. Aben Ezra inserts the word "only", as explanative of the meaning of the words, thus, "thou watchest only over my sin", or dost not mark and observe anything but my sins; not my good deeds, only my evil ones; which is a wrong charge, for God takes notice of the good works of his people, and rewards them in a way of grace, though not of debt, as well as of their evil works, and chastises for them in a fatherly way: others render the words to this sense, what is not, or of no moment or consequence, thou keepest for me in mind and memory, as sin (k); that which is not sin, or at least not known to me to be sin, or however something very trifling, scarce to be called a sin, yet I am dealt with for it as if a very heinous one; or I am afflicted for I know not what, or, which is all one, for what is not known to me. Some take the words to be a petition, "do not observe my sin" (l); or mark it strictly, or keep it in mind, or reserve it against another time, but hide thy face from it, and remember it no more, nor never against me.

(g) "at nunc", Piscator. (h) "non differes punitionem meam", Pagninus, (i) Jarchi, Gersom, Bar Tzemach. (k) So Schultens. (l) "Nec serves, id est, observes peccatum meum"; some in Mercerus. 16. Rather, "Yea, thou wilt number my steps, and wilt not (as now) jealously watch over my sin." Thenceforward, instead of severe watching for every sin of Job, God will guard him against every sin.

number … steps—that is, minutely attend to them, that they may not wander [Umbreit] (1Sa 2:9; Ps 37:23).14:16-22 Job's faith and hope spake, and grace appeared to revive; but depravity again prevailed. He represents God as carrying matters to extremity against him. The Lord must prevail against all who contend with him. God may send disease and pain, we may lose all comfort in those near and dear to us, every hope of earthly happiness may be destroyed, but God will receive the believer into realms of eternal happiness. But what a change awaits the prosperous unbeliever! How will he answer when God shall call him to his tribunal? The Lord is yet upon a mercy-seat, ready to be gracious. Oh that sinners would be wise, that they would consider their latter end! While man's flesh is upon him, that is, the body he is so loth to lay down, it shall have pain; and while his soul is within him, that is, the spirit he is so loth to resign, it shall mourn. Dying work is hard work; dying pangs often are sore pangs. It is folly for men to defer repentance to a death-bed, and to have that to do which is the one thing needful, when unfit to do anything.
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