Job 16:17
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New International Version
yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.

New Living Translation
Yet I have done no wrong, and my prayer is pure.

English Standard Version
although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.

New American Standard Bible
Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

King James Bible
Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
although my hands are free from violence and my prayer is pure.

International Standard Version
even though violence is not my intention, and my prayer is pure."

NET Bible
although there is no violence in my hands and my prayer is pure.

New Heart English Bible
Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
although my hands have done nothing violent, and my prayer is sincere.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

New American Standard 1977
Although there is no violence in my hands,
            And my prayer is pure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
even though there is no injustice in my hands, and my prayer has been pure.

King James 2000 Bible
Not for any violence in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

American King James Version
Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

American Standard Version
Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things have I suffered without the iniquity of my hand, when I offered pure prayers to God.

Darby Bible Translation
Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.

English Revised Version
Although there is no violence in mine hands, and my prayer is pure.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

World English Bible
Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.

Young's Literal Translation
Not for violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.
Study Bible
Job: Poor Comforters are You
16"My face is flushed from weeping, And deep darkness is on my eyelids, 17Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure. 18"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.…
Cross References
Job 16:18
"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry.

Job 27:4
My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.

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

Isaiah 59:6
Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands.

Jonah 3:8
"But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands.
Treasury of Scripture

Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

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Job 11:14 If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness …

Job 15:20,34 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of …

Job 21:27,28 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully …

Job 22:5-9 Is not your wickedness great? and your iniquities infinite…

Job 27:6,7 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall …

Job 29:12-17 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

Psalm 7:3-5 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands…

Psalm 44:17-21 All this is come on us; yet have we not forgotten you, neither have …

my prayer

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

Psalm 66:18,19 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

(17) Not for any injustice.--Literally, for no injustice, just as in Isaiah 53:9 : "because he had done no violence," should be "not because he had done any violence, or because deceit was in his mouth."

Verse 17. - Not for any injustice in mine hands; or, not that there is any violence in my hands (scrap. Isaiah 53:9, where the expression used of the Messiah is nearly the same). Job repudiates the charge of rapine and robbery which Eliphaz has brought against him (Job 15:28, 34). His hands have not done violence to any. Also my prayer is pure. Neither has he been guilty of the hypocrisy which Eliphaz has also charged him with (Job 15:34). His prayers have been sincere and genuine. Not for any injustice in my hands,.... Came all those afflictions and calamities upon him, which occasioned so much sorrow, weeping, mourning, and humiliation; he does not say there was no sin in him, not any in his heart, nor in his life, nor any iniquity done by him, he had acknowledged these things before, Job 7:20; but that there was nothing in his hands gotten in an unjust manner; he had taken away no man's property, nor injured him in the least in a private way; nor had he perverted justice as a public magistrate, by taking bribes or accepting persons, and could challenge any to prove he had, as Samuel did, 1 Samuel 12:3;

also my prayer is pure: he prayed, which disproves the calumny of Eliphaz, Job 15:4; and his prayer was pure too; not that it was free from failings and infirmities, which attend the best, but from hypocrisy and deceit; it came not out of feigned lips, but was put up in sincerity and truth; it sprang from an heart purified by the grace of God, and sprinkled from an evil conscience; it was put up in the faith of Christ, and as a pure offering through him; Job lifted up pure and holy hands, and with these a pure and holy heart, and for pure and holy things; so that it was not for want of doing justice to men, nor for want of devotion towards God, that be was thus afflicted by him; compare with this what is said of his antitype, Isaiah 53:9. 16:17-22 Job's condition was very deplorable; but he had the testimony of his conscience for him, that he never allowed himself in any gross sin. No one was ever more ready to acknowledge sins of infirmity. Eliphaz had charged him with hypocrisy in religion, but he specifies prayer, the great act of religion, and professes that in this he was pure, though not from all infirmity. He had a God to go to, who he doubted not took full notice of all his sorrows. Those who pour out tears before God, though they cannot plead for themselves, by reason of their defects, have a Friend to plead for them, even the Son of man, and on him we must ground all our hopes of acceptance with God. To die, is to go the way whence we shall not return. We must all of us, very certainly, and very shortly, go this journey. Should not then the Saviour be precious to our souls? And ought we not to be ready to obey and to suffer for his sake? If our consciences are sprinkled with his atoning blood, and testify that we are not living in sin or hypocrisy, when we go the way whence we shall not return, it will be a release from prison, and an entrance into everlasting happiness.
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