Job 16:19
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New International Version
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

New Living Translation
Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high.

English Standard Version
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high.

New American Standard Bible
"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.

King James Bible
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!

International Standard Version
Even now, behold! I have a witness in heaven, my Advocate is on high.

NET Bible
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even now, look! My witness is in heaven, and the one who testifies for me is above,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Certainly my witness is even now in the heavens, and my record is on high.

King James 2000 Bible
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

American King James Version
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

American Standard Version
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me is on high.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold my witness is in heaven, and he that knoweth my conscience is on high.

Darby Bible Translation
Even now, behold, my Witness is in the heavens, and he that voucheth for me is in the heights.

English Revised Version
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he that coucheth for me is on high.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

World English Bible
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven. He who vouches for me is on high.

Young's Literal Translation
Also, now, lo, in the heavens is my witness, And my testifier in the high places.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Also now, behold, my Witness is in heaven; rather, even now (see the Revised Version). Job claims God for his Witness, looks to him for an ultimate vindication of his character, is sure that in one way or another he will make his righteousness clear as the noonday in the sight of men and angels (see Job 19:25-27, of which this is in some sort an anticipation). My record - or, he that vouches for me (Revised Version) - is on high - one of the so frequent pleonastic repetitions of one and the same idea.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven,.... That is, God, who dwells in the heavens, where his throne is, and which is the habitation of his holiness, and from whence he beholds all the sons of men, and their actions, is the all seeing and all knowing Being; and therefore Job appeals to him as his witness, if he was guilty of the things laid to his charge, to bear witness against him, but if not to be a witness for him, which he believed he would, and desired he might:

for my record is on high; or "my testimony"; that can testify for me; who is an "eyewitness" (k), as some render it, before whom all things are naked and open; who has seen all my actions, even the very inmost recesses of my mind, all the thoughts of my heart, and all the principles of my actions, and him I desire to bear record of me; such appeals are lawful in some cases, which ought not to be common and trivial ones, but of moment and importance, and which cannot well be determined in any other way; such as was the charge of hypocrisy against Job, and suspicions of his having been guilty of some notorious crime, though it could not be pointed at and proved; see 1 Samuel 12:3, 2 Corinthians 1:13.

(k) "oculatus meus testis", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Also now—Even now, when I am so greatly misunderstood on earth, God in heaven is sensible of my innocence.

record—Hebrew, "in the high places"; Hebrew, "my witness." Amidst all his impatience, Job still trusts in God.

Job 16:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job: Poor Comforters are You
18"O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no resting place for my cry. 19"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high. 20"My friends are my scoffers; My eye weeps to God.…
Cross References
Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

Philippians 1:8
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 2:5
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.

Genesis 31:50
If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me."

Job 16:18
"Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!

Job 19:25
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

Job 25:2
"Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

Job 31:2
For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?

Psalm 89:37
it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky."

Psalm 148:1
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.
Treasury of Scripture

Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

my witness

1 Samuel 12:5 And he said to them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed …

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

2 Corinthians 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I …

2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for …

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

on high. Heb. in the high places

Job 25:2 Dominion and fear are with him, he makes peace in his high places.

Psalm 113:5 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

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